Smoking ban in Austria: a long overdue step but still a lot to be done

Muttarak R, Steiber N, & Gallus S (2015). Smoking ban in Austria: a long overdue step but still a lot to be done. The Lancet 385 (9972): 941-942. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60521-9.

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Abstract

Tobacco control in Austria has long fallen behind other high-income countries. A tradition of dominant influence of the tobacco industry, coupled with a strong resistance from tobacconists, the hospitality sector, and parts of the population, impeded for a long time, any effective, comprehensive tobacco control legislation. Five years ago, a partial smoking ban in public places that controversially granted a wide range of exceptions to the hospitality sector was introduced. Finally, on Jan 13, 2015, the coalition parties agreed to adopt a new comprehensive legislation, prohibiting smoking in all restaurants and bars by summer 2015 - with more than ten years of delay compared to Ireland, Scotland, and Italy.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: The Lancet; 385(9972):941-942 (March 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 09:27
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11489

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