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The Tobacco Act passed on May 4th, 2005, and which entered into force on June 5th, 2005, states that:
- Smoking is totally banned in education facilities, public transport shelters, waiting rooms and terminals.
- Smoking is banned in indoor offices and workplaces, theatres and cinemas, government and healthcare facilities, institutions of higher education, but special smoking areas or smoking rooms are permitted. The owner, landlord or employer of such premises is obliged to provide a designated separate room or area for smoking wherever necessary and feasible at their own expense: this separate room or area must be directly connected to the outside environment via an independent ventilation system.
The ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs came into effect on 5 June 2007. In these facilities smoking is permitted only in separate, enclosed smoking rooms with separate ventilation systems, but the room arrangement is not obligatory . The smoking is banned in bus stops and underground stations, too.
- Offenders face a fine of 80 €, while owners of cafes and restaurants can face a fine of up to 2,000 €.
- The minimum age to purchase tobacco is set at 18.