Smoking Bans Grow Around the World
The world is doing its best to stamp out smoking in public places. Here’s a list of foreign countries that have some form of ban on smoking in public places (although some countries, such as India and Indonesia, have a hard time enforcing it):
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bhutan (the sale of tobacco is banned), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary (starting in 2009), Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In the U.S., many statewide smoking bans are now in effect. Participating states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware,Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon (starting in 2009), Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Washington. The District of Columbia has also banned smoking.