The Czech Republic has been judged the world’s unhealthiest country by
Clinic Compare, a UK clinic comparison website. It collated information
from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook and the World
Lung Association and ranked each state according to three factors: alcohol
consumption, tobacco consumption and obesity levels.
The study’s authors said residents of the Czech Republic consumed an average of 13.7 litres of pure alcohol annually and ranked 11th highest in per capita cigarettes smoked a year. Russia came second in the survey, followed by Slovenia, Belarus and Slovakia.
A three-month transition period following the introduction of a smoking ban
in Czech restaurants and pubs has come to an end. From Wednesday operators
may be fined up to CZK 50,000 if inspectors find lit cigarettes on their
premises. The ban came into effect on May 31.
The Czech Ministry of Health is preparing to launch an information campaign in the coming months to clarify the legislation. A particular issue is the interpretation of the ban with regard to hostelries’ outdoor covered areas and beer gardens.
The Ministry of Health is planning an information campaign this autumn to
clarify questions surrounding a ban on smoking in Czech pubs and
restaurants that came into effect at the end of May, the Czech News Agency
A three-month period in which hostelries have been given time to adapt to the new legislation concludes on Tuesday. However, problems remain surrounding the interpretation of the ban with regard to beer gardens and outdoor covered areas.
Experts say that the winter months – when going outside may become unpleasant for smokers – will be a real test of the ban.
Just two months after a strict smoking ban came into effect in pubs and restaurants around the Czech Republic smokers are getting acquainted with a novel product on the market –heat-not-burn tobacco products which are said to be less detrimental to health and which might allow them to “smoke” in public places once again. The Czech authorities have yet to set the norms for these products which are something between a classic and electronic cigarette.
The police in Prague dealt with over 1,200 violations of the smoking ban in pubs and restaurants in the first month after it was introduced at the end of May, a spokesperson said on Thursday. In over 1,000 cases the smokers agreed to stop on the spot, while fines were levied in around 200 cases. The average fine amounted to CZK 370.
On Tuesday night, smokers in pubs and restaurants around the Czech Republic enjoyed their very last cigarette. On May 31, observed around the world as anti-tobacco day, tough anti-smoking legislation which took years to push through finally came into effect, banning smoking in bars and restaurants as well as public places such as theatres and cinemas. So what do Czech pub owners think of the new legislation?
A Czech anti-smoking law took effect from midnight on Tuesday with the measure banning smoking in bars and restaurants and public places such as theatres and cinemas. Fines, of up to 5,000 crowns, on individuals breaking the law take effect immediately but businesses will be given a 90-day period to adapt. Later they could faces fines of up to 2 million crowns and a two year ban on doing business. The Czech Republic becomes the 23rd European country with a wide ranging smoking ban. Wednesday is world anti-tobacco day.
The center-right Civic Democratic Party outlined its election program for October's general election and selected election leaders for individual regions at a conference in Prague on Saturday. Party leader Petr Fiala highlighted the party's intention to lower taxes and boost wage growth. The Civic Democrats have vowed to seek an exemption from euro adoption, promised to overturn the smoking ban due to go into effect at the end of May and scrap the law on electronic tax registers. According to the most recent polls the party would get 7.5 percent of the vote.
A group of Czech senators are calling on the Constitutional Court to abolish certain provisions of the recently approved anti-smoking bill, including a ban on smoking in restaurants and sale of alcohol in vending machines. The senators have succeeded in collecting the minimum twenty signatures needed for the Constitutional Court to deal with the matter.
President Miloš Zeman has signed into law a ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants in the Czech Republic. The head of state had previously pledged not to veto the legislation as he had a “conflict of interest” on the matter as a chain smoker. The news means that the smoking ban will come into effect on May 31, which is World No Tobacco Day. Senate deputy chairman Jaroslav Kubera, a smokers’ rights advocate, says he is considering taking the matter to the Constitutional Court.