Update: President promulgates anti-smoking law

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday promulgated the law banning smoking in public spaces, two days after the Constiutional judges ruled the draft is compliant with the Romanian supreme law.

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) ruled on Wednesday that the law banning smoking in enclosed public spaces is constitutional.

The CCR thus rejected the notification against the law filed by 33 senators on December 21, 2015. They were challenging that the draft’s provisions are discriminating, arguing that inmates are allowed to smoke in airports or in maximum security prison, while free people are banned to do that.

The law prohibits smoking in enclosed public spaces, in enclosed working spaces, on children playgrounds, and in medical, education and child assistance units.

Sources told local media that the notification against the antis-smoking law has been rejected unanimously.

Shortly before the Constitutional Court’s ruling, the CCR President Augustin Zegrean explained that any decision of the Court is enforced in 45 days, adding that he will quit smoking in enclosed spaces when the law becomes operative.

Club and restaurant owners have 45 days available to find solutions to keep their smoker customers. They might follow other examples in the Western countries and set up the so-called smoking-rooms, some heated extensions of the building, completely isolated from the rest of the spot.

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