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Geneva votes to ban smoking

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Geneva votes to ban smoking

Yesterday Geneva held a referendum on the smoking question - to remind, they had had a referendum in 2008 and 79% voted in favour of banning smoking, then the smoking lobby took the Canton to the Federal Courts as no formal law had been passed to support the smoking ban! So smoking came back to Geneva in September last year.

The law was passed but in this country referenda on laws are frequent, and indeed there was one. Yesterday the vote was 81% in favour of the ban, which will allow cafés and restaurants to have separately ventillated smoking spaces, with no service. It is expected that this will come into effect in December 2009.

This means that now all the Romand cantons (French speaking ones) have either banned smoking or will ban smoking. There is no smoking in Neuchâtel, Valais, Fribourg and Vaud already. And yesterday St Gallen voted against smoking in public places as well.

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Thanks for the good news!!

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This is good news! We are visiting right now and are stunned at the amount of smoking in restaurants, on the streets, everywhere! It is sad not to be able to sit down at an outdoor cafe, terrace, etc. and enjoy food or drink!

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Yes, Ethelsue - BUT! When the smoking ban comes into effect (and this is the same for all the country) smoking outdoors is not banned, so the terraces will be full of smokers! A shame really but they have to smoke somewhere. An exception is the terrace of the gaden café at the Fondation Gianadda here in Martigny. They have reserved two thirds of the outside tables for non smokers! Hurray for Leonard Gianadda, I say!

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>It is sad not to be able to sit down at an outdoor cafe, terrace, etc. and enjoy food or drink!

You cannot forbid people to smoke at all - but it is banned at indoor public spaces.

If it is outside near you it is annoying but as Hambagahle said, they have to smoke somewhere.

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I miss the logic of "they have to smoke somewhere"!

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I miss a little bit of tolerance.

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>I miss the logic of "they have to smoke somewhere"!

A pity.

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We got back this morning from a month in Switzerland. Smoking was a big concern, but we were pleased to find it was not generally a problem, particularly in accommodations. We saw more smoking in the west than in the east. We're not outdoor-cafe people, but that would have been a problem area. It was indeed sad to see so much smoking in a population that otherwise appears to value health & fitness.

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