Here’s a new Polish phrase for you: “zakaz palenia”. Or “smoking prohibited”.
From today, most public spaces in Poland become smoke-free zones. Smoking is now banned in bars, clubs, restaurants, schools, hospitals, bus stops and many other public places.
Roughly a quarter of all Poles smoke regularly and probably won’t be happy with the ban, which also extends to work places. Although, according to poland.pl, over 31% of Poles support the ban.
A crafty fag in a non-smoking place can now cost you 500PLN (just over £100 or $170), but the penalties are even more severe if you fail to inform your customers about the newly introduced ban. Places which fail to display information about the ban can pay up to 2000 PLN (around £430/ $700).
I guess it’ll take a while for people to get used to the ban and I honestly never thought it would happen in Poland.
The people behind the Polska bez dymu (Poland with no smoke) campaign must be really happy today.