Reports by FATIMAH ZAINAL, CLARISSA CHUNG, RASHVINJEET SINGH BEDI, RSN MURALI and HANIS ZAINAL
PETALING JAYA: From Japan to South Africa, countries worldwide with smoking bans have implemented a system where lighting up is allowed in eateries with designated smoking areas.
In India, smokers can indulge in their habit at designated areas in eateries and hotels, following the country’s ban on smoking in public places and restrictions on smoking in other places such as cinemas, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.
Permits for smoking areas in restaurants, however, are only handed out to those with a seating capacity of 30 patrons and above.
In Italy, where a ban on smoking in public places has been in place since 2005, smoking is only allowed in restaurants with designated areas. Restaurants, bars and clubs in the country are required by law to dedicate at least half of the area inside the premises as a non-smoking area.
Poland implemented a smoking ban in all public indoor places in 2010.
But it allows restaurants larger than 100 square metres to have a designated smoking area, provided it is properly ventilated and physically separated from the non-smoking area.
South Africa also allows up to 25% of floor space in public areas such as restaurants and pubs to be set up as designated smoking areas.
Japan, which does not have a nationwide smoking ban in public places, is, however, well-known for many of its indoor eateries having a designated area for smokers.
Often separated from the non-smoking area by a glass wall, the designated smoking area is a common sight in Japan.
Singapore used to have designated smoking areas in eateries when it first introduced its smoking ban in public places, but these designated areas in restaurants have now been done away.