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The law in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria a partial smoking ban has been in force since 2005. Currently, the law says that smoking in public places is allowed only on the condition that there are specially designated non- and smoking sections, and a working ventilation system. Smoking locations must also be clearly signposted. Smoking is strictly forbidden at kindergardens, schools, universities, cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, internet cafes, food shops, on public transport and in taxis.

  • Fines range from 5 to 100 leva.
  • A total ban on trains was announced in March 2008 . All public transport drivers and taxi drivers are banned from smoking in the vehicles. The same restriction is valid for the passengers as well.
  • In November 2008 the Bulgarian government decided to introduce a ban on smoking in all enclosed public places including offices, bars, restaurants, and clubs.
  • The ban is due to come into effect on 1 June 2010.

Legal smoking age is 18.