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.