Smoke-free Bucharest

As of midnight tonight it will be illegal to smoke in any indoor public space, anywhere in Romania. How long have we waited for this day? A smoke-free Bucharest, a smoke-free Romania and… we are not there to enjoy it. Still, we are back on Monday, and look forward to taking the family out for… Continue reading Smoke-free Bucharest

And… breathe

Clean air. As expected, Romania’s constitutional court (CCR) today dismissed out of hand the ludicrous objections of the tobacco lobby and declared the clean-air bill passed by parliament in December as constitutional. The court’s presiding judge, Augustin Zegrean said that the law was a perfectly good one and that he, a smoker, now had ’45… Continue reading And… breathe

The Week in Bucharest Life

Romania took a great leap forwards this week when the country’s parliament finally voted to ban smoking in almost all indoor public spaces. The only exceptions to the law are airports (where a fully enclosed smoking section can be installed) and prisons (proof that a few politicians who enjoy a fag are no doubt thinking… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

Smokers, your time is up: Please leave the building

A quick one (we are far too busy for this time of year): Bucharest is no longer Europe’s smoking section. Romania’s parliament today voted to ban smoking in all indoor public places, as well as hospitals, schools and any outdoor spaces where children may be present (playgrounds, etc). The pro-health bill must now be signed… Continue reading Smokers, your time is up: Please leave the building

‘In tara mea fumez unde vreau’

We are not – as we have pointed out on these very pages – in favour of a complete ban on smoking in public places. Although we have become rather evangelical non-smokers in the year and a bit since we gave up the fags, we remain hopeful that the invisible hand of the market will… Continue reading ‘In tara mea fumez unde vreau’