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Smokers in Italy hit with new fines to protect the young

Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros ($600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman _ or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street _ thanks to new health and environmental laws that are going into effect

Smokers in Italy hit with new fines to protect the young

ROME (AP) -- Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros ($600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman -- or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street -- thanks to new health and environmental laws that are going into effect.

The smoking prohibitions in force Tuesday extend bans on smoking in offices, restaurants and other public places to the more private sphere of a car.

They're contained in a new law conforming to EU regulations aimed at dissuading young people from smoking, targeting shopkeepers who sell to minors and cigarette producers who market to them. The separate law against tossing cigarette butts is part of an anti-littler regulation that also punishes spitting out gum or tossing receipts on the street.


Updated : 2021-03-05 14:53 GMT+08:00