FACTBOX: Smoking bans around the world

Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:11pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Turkey rolls out the next phase of a smoking ban on July 19, extending the prohibition to cafes, bars and restaurants as it aims to curb the habit in a country where 22 million people, half the adult male population, smoke.

Die-hard smokers in Cyprus will also be finally be hit when one of the last EU smoking havens imposes ban on puffing in public places. From January 1, 2010 smoking will be prohibited in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and workplaces, with planned hefty fines for those caught.

Ireland imposed a nationwide ban on smoking in the workplace in 2004. U.S. states, including Florida and California, have had similar bans since 2003. In November 2004, Bhutan became the first country to ban tobacco sales entirely.

Here are details on some other countries that have banned smoking in some form since 2008:

* 2008:

JANUARY:

-- France: Smoking in shops, offices and other public places has been banned since February 2007, but a special exemption for bars and cafes was in place until January 1, 2008.

-- Turkey: Passed a law to ban smoking in bars, cafes, restaurants and other public places to be implemented in full at least 18 months after the president signed it into law.

* FEBRUARY:   Continued...