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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-12-31

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    The new law was approved in July 2009 by the House plenary banning smoking completely in all closed public places. Smoking is allowed only in open and outside areas.

    The law provides for a fine for those who violate its provisions but no prison sentence.

    In particular, the law provides for no more that 1000 euro as penalty for not posting a sign indicating that smoking is not allowed in a specific area, while whoever violates the provisions of the law as a smoker or owner of an establishment, he/she will have to pay a fine of no more than 2000 euro.

    Health Minister Christos Patsalides has described the complete ban of smoking in closed public spaces as a gift for the citizens, noting that Cyprus enters a new era as regards smoking.

    He also said that the promotion of closed spaces free of smoke aims to create a safe environment for the vulnerable groups of the population and to establish the right conditions for the smokers so that they decide to quit smoking and stay away from it.

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