According to conservative estimates, over 79 000 adults, including 19 000 non-smokers, died in the EU in 2002 due to exposure to tobacco smoke at home (72 000) and in their workplace (7300).
A Eurobarometer survey of March 2009 found 84% of EU citizens in favour of smoke-free offices and other indoor workplaces, 79% in favour of smoke-free restaurants, and 61% supporting smoke-free bars and pubs.
The EU has not decided on common rules in Europe, but has made recommendations to the Member States.
EU and the recommendation for protecting citizens from passive smoking
The Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments was adopted as the result of consultation led in 2007 and legislative process, on 30 November 2009, calling on EU countries to act in three main areas:
According to the implementation report of 2013, 17 EU countries had comprehensive smoke-free legislation in place. Among these, Ireland, Greece, Bulgaria, Malta, Spain and Hungary have the strictest smoke-free provisions with a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places, on public transport and in workplaces, with only limited exceptions allowed. Here the detailed overview of the legislation in the EU and the overview table of smoke-free legislation.
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