LANGUAGE
Last updated: September 22nd 2017

Smoke Free Status of Indoor Public Places, Workplaces, and Public Transport

All indoor workplaces

Smoking is Restricted
Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed workplaces except for restaurants and bars. In restaurants and bars, smoking is restricted to specific areas set aside for smokers “unless it is impossible to do so.” Because smoking is permitted in some areas of bars and restaurants, the regulatory status "Smoking is Restricted" is given.

The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not explicitly provide for 100% smoke free environments in all indoor workplaces and public places and, therefore, does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all parts of all indoor public places and workplaces to be 100% smoke free.

All indoor public places

Smoking is Restricted
Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places except for restaurants and bars. In restaurants and bars, smoking is restricted to specific areas set aside for smokers “unless it is impossible to do so.” Because smoking is permitted in some areas of bars and restaurants, the regulatory status "Smoking is Restricted" is given.

The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not explicitly provide for 100% smoke free environments in all indoor workplaces and public places and, therefore, does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all parts of all indoor public places and workplaces to be 100% smoke free.

All public transport

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

Smoking is prohibited on public transportation. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to public transport.

Government facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces with the exception of bars and restaurants. In addition, the decree specifically cites public and semi-public office buildings in a non-exhaustive list of smoke free premises. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in government facilities. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to government facilities.

Private offices

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law specifically prohibits smoking in “any enclosed and/or covered space that constitutes an indoor workplace in public, semi-public or private office buildings.” Therefore, smoking is prohibited in indoor private offices. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to private offices.

Hospitals

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all indoor and outdoor areas of public and private health facilities. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in hospitals. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to hospitals.

Residential healthcare facilities - public areas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all indoor and outdoor areas of public and private health facilities. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in the public areas of residential healthcare facilities. The law aligns with and exceeds FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to public areas of residential healthcare facilities.

Non-residential healthcare facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all indoor and outdoor areas of public and private health facilities. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in non-residential healthcare facilities. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to non-residential healthcare facilities.

Childcare facilities/preschools

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law specifically prohibits smoking in kindergartens, daycare, and childcare facilities. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to childcare facilities.

Primary and secondary schools

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law specifically prohibits smoking in institutions of primary and secondary instruction. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to primary and secondary schools.

Universities/vocational facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law specifically prohibits smoking in universities and institutions of higher education, institutions of vocational instruction, and any enclosed or covered space that constitutes a place of instruction or apprenticeship. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to universities and vocational facilities.

Shops

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces, with the exception of restaurants and bars. The law additionally prohibits smoking in “the market areas where consumer goods are sold.” Because shops are both enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces as well as areas where consumer goods are sold, the law is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in shops. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to shops.

Cultural facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law specifically prohibits smoking in cultural facilities. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to cultural facilities.

Indoor stadium/arenas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law specifically prohibits smoking in premises intended to accommodate the public for athletic events; therefore, smoking is prohibited in indoor stadiums and arenas. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to indoor stadiums and arenas.

Restaurants

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law restricts smoking in restaurants to specific spaces set aside for smokers “unless it is impossible to do so.” Because the law does not guarantee that smoking will be restricted to a designated area or room, the regulatory status “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to restaurants. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all parts of restaurants.

Bars/pubs/nightclubs

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law restricts smoking in bars to specific spaces set aside for smokers “unless it is impossible to do so.” Because the law does not guarantee that smoking will be restricted to a designated area or room, the regulatory status “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to bars, pubs, and nightclubs. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all parts of bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

Casinos

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces, with the exception of bars and restaurants. Because casinos are both enclosed public places and workplaces, the law is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in casinos. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to casinos.

Hotels/lodging - public areas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces, with the exception of bars and restaurants. Because hotels are both enclosed public places and workplaces, the law is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in the public areas of hotels. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to public areas of hotels.

Hotels/lodgings - guest rooms

Uncertain
The smoke free status of the place is uncertain due to the lack of clarity in the law or inability to obtain all relevant laws.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces, with the exception of bars and restaurants. Because hotel rooms are enclosed workplaces for some, the law could be interpreted as prohibiting smoking in hotel rooms. However, given that the law does not explicitly address hotel guest rooms, the regulatory status code of "Uncertain" is given. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should explicitly prohibit smoking in hotel guest rooms.

Prisons/detention facilities - public areas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces, with the exception of bars and restaurants. Because prisons are both enclosed public places and workplaces, the law is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in the public areas of prisons. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to prisons.

Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public transport, including trains, buses, and other shared ground transport. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to trains, buses, and other shared ground transport.

Taxis (for-hire vehicle)

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public transport, which is defined as any vehicle carrying passengers for monetary gain. Therefore, the law is interpreted as including taxis. Additionally, the law requires no-smoking signs to be posted within all taxis, confirming that taxis are subject to the smoking ban. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to taxis.

Commercial aircraft

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public transport, including commercial aircraft. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to commercial aircraft.

Commercial watercraft

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public transport, including commercial watercraft. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to commercial watercraft.

Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in waiting areas of public and group transport stations including waiting rooms, embarkation rooms, and platforms and bus stations. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in public transport facilities. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with regard to public transport facilities.

Collective living premises

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The decree prohibits smoking in any premises where people live together in a group. The definition provides several examples of collective living premises, including: an establishment accommodating minors, pregnant women, and the elderly; an establishment providing out-patient care; and an establishment where patients are provided with medical care or related services. It also includes “any other place prescribed by regulations.”