Ok so I know I’m a bit late to break this piece of news..but..indoor smoking and tobacco advertising have finally been banned in Lebanon!
According to YaLibnan,
“Lebanon’s Parliament endorsed a law banning smoking in all enclosed public places, including restaurants, bars, cafes and offices this past Wednesday. The law was presented for vote with an amendment that would fine owners of businesses if they fail to implement the smoking ban and will also fine individuals who violate the ban.
Under the new law tobacco advertising and promotion will be illegal, including billboards, magazine advertisements and tobacco company sponsorship of events and concerts. The bill also calls for a pictorial warning of the dangers of smoking covering 40 percent of the surface of the pack. The law also makes smoking on board commercial flights illegal. Hotels are allowed to set aside 10 to 20 percent of their rooms for smokers.
Lebanon has been obligated to pass tobacco control legislation since it is a signatory to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which became effective in 2005.”
This is especially a win for those nonsmokers who had to battle with smoking being permitted in the workplace! I mean, it’s one thing to to put up with smoking and smokers when you’re at a restaurant, bar, or nightclub..but at work everyday? Now that’s just abuse.
I am really so thrilled to hear that this legislation has been passed. The true test is going to be if establishments comply! Does anyone know what the penalties for failing to observe the law will be?
I imagine tobacco companies are shaking in their boots right about now..not to mention many Advertising and PR companies who rely heavily on the business they get from said Tobacco companies! How do you think that this new legislation is going to affect business given how much smoking is ingrained in Lebanese culture/society. Do you think people are going to be going out less – preferring to have people over their houses where they can smoke freely?