Finally a lebanese restaurant has understood the importance of the law banning smoking in closed public spheres!! …
Article about the law endorsed by the Daily Star:
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Parliament Wednesday endorsed a law banning smoking in all enclosed public places, including restaurants, bars, cafes and offices.
The law was presented for vote with an amendment that would see owners of businesses fined if they fail to prevent their costumers smoking, and will also fine individuals who violate the ban.
Under the new law tobacco advertising and promotion will be illegal, including billboards, magazine advertisements and tobacco company sponsorship of events and concerts. The bill also calls for a pictorial warning of the dangers of smoking covering 40 percent of each pack.
The law also makes smoking onboard planes illegal.
Hotels are allowed to set aside 10 to 20 percent of their room for smokers.
Companies now have a set period in which to implement the new policies.
Lebanon has been obligated to pass tobacco control legislation since the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which the country signed, entered into force in 2005
Also set to be considered Wednesday is a draft law which would equalize marriage discounts for working men and women who pay income tax. Currently, married women receive less of a discount on their income tax than married men.
A draft law which would give compensation to ex-detainees of Syrian prisons is also on the table, as is legislation that would bump up the employment status and pay grade of employees and retirees of the Ministry of Telecommunications.
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Article published on the Union for international Cancer Control
Lebanese parliament approves smoking ban in closed public places
A new victory for civil society Lebanese parliament approves smoking ban in closed public places.
Beirut, 17 August 2011: Two years after starting its campaign to prevent smoking in closed public places; the coalition formed by IndyACT, Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) and the Tobacco Control Research Group in the American University of Beirut congratulated all Lebanese on the adoption of the tobacco control law during the Lebanese parliament meeting today.
The parliament has included the tobacco control draft law on its last agenda after a this coalition of civic organizations carried out a long campaign to achieve this result. During this campaign, tobacco companies constantly tried to influence the law by either delaying its adoption or by trying to weaken its content. Nevertheless, IndyACT and its allies were successfully able to prevent the intervention of these companies after making several direct actions on the matter.
Commenting on the adoption of the law, IndyACT Executive Director, Wael Hmaidan, said: “Today the parliament proved that it is out of its paralysis, and is now able to formulate and pass fair laws that protect citizens; this gives the Lebanese a ray of hope that the legislative process can return to its normal course after a long absence”.
In the period before the law was passed, the coalition worked for months with MPs to discuss the gaps that existed in early versions of this law. Now, the law contains many good provisions. The most important of which are: complete ban on in all closed public places such as restaurants, cafes and public transport; preventing all tobacco companies from conducting any kind of ad campaigns or sponsorship for their products; and placing a warning that covers 40% of cigarette packs. The gap that the coalition was able to modify in the last minute was to impose a fine on the owners of closed public places in the event of having someone smoking tobacco in them, as well as fining the smoker himself/herself. “Lebanese can be proud of this law which is considered progressive compared to the existing laws around the world; many told us that this achievement is impossible in Lebanon, but nothing is impossible, if you believe in change and work relentlessly for it”, said Rania Baroud from TFI.
The law gave the owners of tourist establishments and restaurants a whole year to prepare and adapt to the upcoming ban on smoking in closed spaces. During this time,
the coalition will carry out a campaign to make sure the law is implemented in a serious manner. “One of the urgent issues that the Minister of Health should work on is having a decree on pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs, owing to the effectiveness of these warning as shown by a number of studies and research around the world”, said Doctor Rima from the American University of Beirut. This law has the potential to enormously reduce health costs for the government and the citizen. Lebanon is losing more than $50 million annually from treating smoke related diseases, and more than 3000 Lebanese die each year due to smoking.