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The Ministry has the whip for lovers of nicotine, proposes a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars

According to Health Minister Leos Heger (TOP 09) is a new law on protection against damage caused by addictive substances based on two key perspectives. First, it is aimed at reducing the availability of tobacco and alcohol to children and to protect non-smokers from passive smoking.

Prohibition of sale of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and tobacco needs should relate new vending machines, mobile shops and mail order sales in addition to Internet sales, and counts on a total ban on smoking in all public areas and indoor areas of restaurants and bars. Smoke could still on outdoor gardens restaurants. Internet sales would therefore controlled the Czech Trade Inspection and the seller would have to ensure that the product gets to persons under 18 years of age.

"Conditions are now also not apply to tobacco products, but also on netabákové, such as electronic cigarettes, herbal cigarettes or herbal mixture to water pipes," said Deputy Health Minister Ferdinand Polak. Tobacco products can not even buy a new type of self-service stores that are not approved for use as food stores.

Partial smoking ban would further applied in entertainment spaces where smoking was allowed only in designated areas and separate building that redefines the standard. In these areas, however, would ban anyone under 18 years of age.

Drunken nezletilcům prohibited entry to the pub

The law should also be subject to approval considerably stricter conditions for the sale of alcohol.Operators of restaurants would have to ensure that their company did not consume alcohol, people under 18 years old, and that was not even delay the immature people who are obviously drunk. For infringement of these rules, including sales, or the owners of the threatened fine of up to one million crowns. In the event that these products are sold to a person under 15 could be fined up to two million crowns.

The restaurants would also be required to have new offers at least one soft drink, which will be cheaper than the cheapest alcoholic beverage of the same volume.

Norma prohibited to drink alcohol in schools and school facilities, areas of socio-legal protection of children, areas where it operates a child care business in three years, publicly accessible areas of playgrounds, sports fields for children and adolescents as well as medical facilities and social service facilities.

According to the deputy and chairman of the parliamentary committee on health Boris Stastny (ODS) is the law after such demand not only in society, but he is sure that he raises his hand for more than 101 members required for its approval. He fears only the possibility of pressure tobacco lobby groups, which according to him in the past were able to draft laws protecting non-smokers block.

The draft is currently in inquiries and then submit to the government. Deputy Happy estimates that could be in the middle of subsequently submitted to the Chamber of Deputies and the end of the year approved. Pre-calculated so that the law could come into effect from January 2014.

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