What you need to know about Austria’s new indoor smoking ban

Parliamentarians approved the ban in July in a bid to rid Austria of its status as the “ashtray of Europe”. Only members from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) opposed the measure.

A quarter of the country’s 8.8 million inhabitants smoke, exceeding the European average of 18 percent, but calls for bans dated back more than a decade.

The FPÖ – formerly led by a keen smoker – had stymied a previous attempt to ban smoking in pubs and restaurants when it entered the government in December 2017.

That prompted…
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