Campaigners hope a vote for a complete smoking ban in Bavaria will spread to other German statesBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3631 (Published 06 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3631
- Ned Stafford
The people of Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, voted in a referendum on July 4 for a complete ban on tobacco smoking in restaurants, pubs, and other enclosed public areas where food is consumed. This would include the huge, world famous tents erected for Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival held each autumn.
The new law, due to take effect on August 1 but with a one-off exemption for the 2010 Oktoberfest, will be the strictest non-smoker protection law of the 16 states in Germany. Supporters are now hoping their success in Bavaria will provoke similar initiatives in other German states or encourage the German Bundestag to take action at …