Don't Smoke - Austria to Finally Ban Smoking in Bars and Restaurants

Published: July 4, 2019; 19:11 · Updated: July 4; 20:44 · (Vindobona)

Over 1 year after the smoking ban in gastronomy should have come into force, the parliament has once again voted in favour and is to come into force on 1 November 2019. The ban will also apply to shishas and e-cigarettes, with the exception of guest gardens. Through the smoking ban alone, there should be 1,000 fewer deaths per year from passive smoking.

Life-saver: Smoking ban in restaurants from 1 November. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Developed by AIGA. [Public Domain]

It took a long time, but now it is fixed. From 1 November 2019, smoking will no longer be permitted in restaurants, bars and other gastronomic establishments.

The Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) approved in the National Council a corresponding proposal by SPÖ, NEOS and NOW. Only the FPÖ disapproved.

In 2018 the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition had overturned the already decided…

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