European Commission urges countries to introduce ban on smoking in public placesBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2694 (Published 02 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2694
- Rory Watson
European Union governments are being urged to follow the example of the United Kingdom and Ireland and impose a wide ranging smoking ban within the next three years.
The call is coming from the European Commission, which has adopted a recommendation requesting firm national measures to protect citizens from tobacco smoke.
Announcing the new anti-tobacco campaign, the EU health commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, said: “There is a wave of support from the general public and we will work with member states to make this a reality.”
According to a pan-European Eurobarometer survey, 84% of …