New smokefree legislation came into effect in August 2007. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces, including bars and restaurants, public transport, healthcare and educational facilities (including outside buildings), sports and recreational facilities. Workplaces can have designated smoking rooms or smoking cabins if the employer permits them. Smoking rooms are not allowed in hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals), schools or universities. Smoking rooms are allowed in bars and restaurants under strict conditions – they must be completely separate, ventilated, and no food or drink can be served,
Implementation of the law has been successful, particularly in restaurants. There have been a few problems with smoking in bars, but they are rare and inspectors are addressing this. Surveys have found a decline in smoking prevalence since the ban, including among young people.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
Slovenian Coalition for Tobacco Control www.tobak-zveza.org
Slovenian Coalition for Tobacco Control, ENSP member www.tobak-zveza.si
European Network for Smoking Prevention – has information on plans for tobacco control in Slovenia www.ensp.org/newsreports/networknews
Smokefree Partnership www.smokefreepartnership.eu