3 German regions ban smoking

THREE German federal states introduced
smoking bans today, after an attempt to create national regulations
collapsed in the face of disagreement between states and opposition
from the tobacco lobby.

Lower Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg in the west and
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the east were the first to ban smoking
in public places, while the other 13 regions have pledged to introduce
bans by next year.

The three banned smoking in schools, hospitals and state
institutions, but Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will wait until January
2008 before joining the other two states in outlawing smoking in bars
and restaurants.

“It's a promising start,” said Martina Poetschke-Langer at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg.

Almost a third of Germans smoke.

The states are allowed their own exemptions and can set their own fines, which are due to vary from €5 to €5000 (source)

However, as in all modern democratic societies, the lobbies maintain
their power… the one exception to the smoking ban in the Bavarian state
(no surprise) is: “Smoking is still allowed in tent festivals”. So, if
you’ve booked your ticket for Oktoberfest next year, don’t come
expecting a smoke-free beer drinking environment… that will take a few
more decades.

Lighting up became a mark of freedom and tolerance after smoking was banned by Hitler's Nazi regime in the 1930s.

The further back you look, the further forward you can see – Winston Churchill

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