In Catalonia, no-smoking areas are being expanded to include terraces, school entrances and bus stops.
Department of Health Works on Catalan law Expand smoke-free zones Around schools, on terraces of bars and restaurants and at bus stops. In turn, in an effort to reduce the number of smokers, Govt It will offer free nicotine replacement therapy to people with an income of less than 18,000 euros per year, which is about 600,000 people in the region.
The number of smokers in Catalonia has fallen since approval in 2011. Anti-Tobacco ActIn the last five years, the percentage of smokers has remained at the level of 23% according to the results. Overview of health in Catalonia.
The legislative initiative of the Generalitat aims to give a “push” to bring this figure down. The health minister said, “Whenever an ordinance is passed to ban smoking, people quit smoking. Joseph Maria Argimon In an interview with TV3. It was also announced that the penalty for non-compliance has not yet been determined.
This activity comes with Comprehensive smoking cessation planThis includes measures such as smoking bans in cars, on terraces, on beaches or in public buildings. The proposal, which has been pending in the health ministry for months, aims to achieve the goals set out in it WHO Reduce tobacco use by 30% by 2025 compared to 2010.
Argimon remembered that this solution Catalonia has already raised them To the government aiming to create state regulation that has not yet flourished: “Now we can do it – from the Generalitat – with perfection.”
Currently, the Ministry of Health is finalizing the draft Non smoking areas take her Executive Council In the coming weeks and from there to process in Parliament, the minister has indicated. Free help Nicotine replacement therapy will be introduced from January this year without going through the first parliamentary process.
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