The Italian Almanac

No Smoking

Italian News January 10th

Smokers in Italy took their last puffs in smoky bars and trattorias Sunday, hours before the start of one of Europe's toughest laws against smoking in public places.

The outdoors, private homes, and restaurants and bars with ventilated smoking rooms are the only places spared from the anti-smoking law. Enforcement began at 0:01 a.m. today, when many bars and clubs were still serving customers.

Some newspapers greeted the ban with humor. An editorial cartoon on Sunday's front page of the Turin daily La Stampa showed a prisoner about to be executed asking, "Can I smoke a last cigarette?" A soldier replies: "No. It could be bad for your health."