Smoking restrictions in workplaces and public transport were implemented in 1973 but were ineffective. Bulgaria has very high smoking prevalence (two thirds of men and almost one third of women).
Smokefree legislation/ initiatives
On 1 January 2005 new smokefree legislation was introduced. Smoking is banned in all enclosed workplaces. Smoking is allowed in smoking areas which employers are obliged to provide. Smoking is also banned in public places, including restaurants, bars and cafés. Smoking is allowed in ventilated smoking areas. The legislation is good but enforcement is a problem.
A total ban on trains was announced in March 2008 to increase safety.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
Smokefree Partnership www.smokefreepartnership.eu
European Network for Smoking Prevention www.ensp.org
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