Tue, 22 May 2012 03:37:16 GMT | By AFPRelaxnews, Updated by Simone Camy

Bulgaria extends smoking ban to cafes, stadiums

Lawmakers in Bulgaria approved on Thursday last-minute changes to the country's health bill to ban smoking in stadiums and all enclosed public spaces such as cafes and restaurants…


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(SOFIA-AFP) - Lawmakers in Bulgaria approved on Thursday last-minute changes to the country's health bill to ban smoking in stadiums and all enclosed public spaces such as cafes and restaurants as of June 1.

The small Balkan country, home to Europe's second-heaviest smokers after Greece, had already banned smoking in all government buildings, public transport, trains, cinemas, schools and kindergartens in 2005.

The new changes approved Thursday would extend the ban to all enclosed public spaces including bars, cafes and restaurants. Up to now these establishments were allowed to have separate smoking and non-smoking sections and smaller places could choose to be either.

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