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Full smoking ban is needed in Germany as study finds four out of five pubs flout regulations

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2864 (Published 06 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2864
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

Pubic health officials have called for Germany to introduce a national ban on smoking in all enclosed public places after research showed that the country’s16 federal states have largely failed to ban smoking in pubs, bars, and restaurants leaving guests and staff exposed to dangerous levels of smoke.

Martina Poetschke-Langer, head of the World Health Organization Office in Heidelberg, said that smoking was still a serious threat to people in restaurants and pubs. Results from studies …

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