Health ministry to ban smoking in restaurants
The Czech Health Ministry on Wednesday revealed plans to introduce a broad smoking ban in all restaurants, pubs, bars and other establishments. The bill, which is now being reviewed by other branches of the government, would also ban smoking in the establishments' outside seating areas and introduce fines of up to one million crowns for failure to comply with the measure. The current Czech legislation allows smoking in separate sections of restaurants which would not be possible under the proposed bill. Polls show that nearly 80 percent of Czechs support the broad smoking ban which could come into effect in August, 2013.