Wed, Jun 19 2013
SMOKE SIGNALS: Tea and coffeehouse owners smoke water pipes in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, July 15 2009, as they gather in the city centre to protest against the smoking ban widened throughout Turkey as of July 19, outlawing smoking in all enclosed public places, including bars, cafes and restaurants as well as taxis, trains and outdoor stadiums.
Places of entertainment will close for a day on January 22 in protest against the smoking ban that took effect in Macedonia at the start of 2010.
A ban on smoking in public places takes effect in Macedonia on January 1 2010, but faces the customary resistance from the hospitality industry and some MPs, while in Serbia, reports suggest there will be backdown on the ban.
Skopje’s plan to ban smoking in Macedonia’s restaurants and cafes from January 2010, with heavy fines for breaches, has ignited the now-familiar complaint from restaurateurs that their businesses will be ruined.
The term "sin tax" has been applied to excises on tobacco and liquor. In Bulgaria, the idea of taxing smoking to the hilt seems an idea that is overripe.
On September 10 2009 the ban on smoking in bars and cafes in Croatia was partially repealed. Proprietors with establishments that have an area of less than 50 sq m will be able to choose whether to allow smoking.
Team of scientists, including a Bulgarian professor, says that sunlight worsens the carcinogenic effect of tobacco.
‘There is a wave of support from the general public,’ says European Health Commissioner.
In spite of the controversy and speculation that the ban would only add fuel to the economic crisis in Bulgaria, the ban has been passed on second reading, making it final and official.
Amendments to the Health Act, passed on first reading, are set to impose a full ban on smoking by 2010. The Hotel and Restaurant Association are screaming doom and gloom, but the British experience has shown otherwise.
Bulgaria joins other countries in banning smoking in workplaces and public buildings
Half of pregnant women smoke, and almost every third person between 10 and 19, new figures say
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.