Smokefree legislation was introduced in 2003 that prohibited smoking in indoor public places, educational and healthcare establishments, government buildings and public transport. Smoking rooms were allowed. It was restricted in some eating places. (see http://data.euro.who.int/tobacco/pdf/Law%20Georgia.pdf)
At the end of 2008 the Georgian Parliament adopted changes to the current legislation following efforts from tobacco control groups. All educational and healthcare facilities are 100% smokefree as of 30 December 2008 (The law previously allowed for smoking areas); all other public and workplaces may have smoking areas, but these areas must not be used for any other purposes than smoking. Restaurants and bars are allowed up to 50% of their area for smoking. Further regulations will come into force in January 2010.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
Bloomberg Initiative grants (see www.tobaccocontrolgrants.org)
FCTC Implementation and Monitoring Center in Georgia
Project to promote effective enforcement of tobacco control legislation and policy consistent with the FCTC. Particular focus is placed on smoke-free public places, smoke-free transport and on sales and advertising restrictions in the capital and six regions of Georgia.
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