Czech Republic

Smokefree legislation/initiatives

Comprehensive smokefree legislation has been drafted but has never received enough votes to pass through Parliament. It was read in Parliament in February 2008 and was due to be read again in February 2009.

Restaurant owners are afraid of what they believe a ban would do to their profits. Critics say that the effect of no-smoking rooms is dubious and limits entrepreneurial freedom. Several toned-down versions of the law have been considered, including the chance for the owner to designate his business as a “smoker’s restaurant.” It also allows business owners to construct a separate smoking room to meet the requirement.

Smokefree resources available in 2009

Smokefree Partnership www.smokefreepartnership.eu
European Network on Smoking Prevention www.ensp.org

There are several NGOs:
Czech Coalition Against Tobacco www.dokurte.cz
Petition for smoke-free public places www.stopkoureni.cz

Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials

(1) Smoking and pregnancy (2) A disease – a chance to stop smoking (3) Mental health and smoking.

Needs related to implementing smokefree policies

International pressure; Disclosure of tobacco industry tactics.

Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8

Helping
International support.
Hindering
The tobacco industry.

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