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(3 MB) 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.
EU and the rules for protecting citizens from passive smoking
The Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments was adopted as the result of consultation and legislative process, on 30 November 2009, calling on EU countries to act in three main areas:
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