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TOBACCO AND NICOTINE USE IN THE EU
KONSUM VON TABAK UND NIKOTIN IN DER EU
The law of Italy
Smokefree legislation came into effect in Italy on 10 January 2005 and bans smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, including public transport and bars and restaurants.
In restaurants, bars or clubs enclosed and separately ventilated rooms are permitted for smoking but must take up no more than 50% of the total area of the restaurant, bar or club and the non-smokers must not be obliged to pass through the smoking room. In such areas food can be served, but they are subjected to strict conditions: they need to be separately ventilated, with high air replacement rates; their air pressure must constantly be lower than the pressure in the surrounding rooms; they must be equipped with automatic sliding doors to prevent smoke from spreading to tobacco-free areas.
A fine of up to 2,000 euros may be levied on businesses which fail to comply with this law. Smokers themselves may be fined up to 275 euros. The fine can double if a smoker lights up in front of children or pregnant women.
It is illegal to sell or give tobacco products to children under the age of 16.