Amendment to Act no. 377/2004 on the protection of non-smokers.
An important treatment is the concretization of places where smoking is prohibited or restricted, as well as the possibility of setting up dedicated smoking room.
The benefit of this amendment to the Non-Smoking Protection Act is to define clear and legally relevant instruments capable of effectively penalizing conduct contrary to the provisions of the Law on the Protection of Non-Smokers.
The original wording of the law provided for a ban on smoking in establishments where food was served only. Following the amendment, this prohibition applies to catering facilities.
i this prohibition applies to establishments providing catering services regardless of whether or not they prepare meals.
An important contribution of the amendment is the expansion of places where smoking is prohibited. As an example, you can name the following places:
1 at public airports, station and stops, on open platforms within four meters of a defined area of platforms,
2 in official buildings other than smoking room,
commercial buildings other than premises in department stores which are structurally separated so that harmful substances from tobacco products or from their smoke and tar, or from smoking and non-smoking products, do not penetrate publicly accessible commercial premises and do not pollute publicly available business premises,
3 in catering facilities, except those facilities which have at least 50% of the area reserved for non-smokers, which is structurally separate from the smoker section, so that no harmful substances from tobacco products or smoke and tar emerge from the premises reserved for non-smokers; or from smoking and non-smoking products, the non-smoking area being located at the entrance to the ”
Smoking rooms may be set up in the department stores provided that they are not placed in the premises designated for the provision of services and the sale of goods.
Smoking will be possible in those facilities that serve only beverages (eg cafes).
A natural person – an businessman and a legal person who run smoke-free facilities, are required to alert the public to a smoking ban with a health and safety label that must be placed in a visible place. By extending the ban on smoking to new places, the obligation applies to other businessman. It must be completed by 31 December 2013 at the latest.
The Slovak Trade Inspectorate’s powers to monitor compliance with the ban on sales and the obligation to refuse the sale of tobacco products and products intended for smoking but not tobacco-based under the Law on the Protection of Non-Smokers in the presence of a minors have been extended.