No smoking in Austria: Austria has finally arrived in a healthier Europe

The reason prevails finally – late solution to protect non-smokers – prevention remains the best health insurance

Klagenfurt (OTS / LPD) The smoking stalk and the deadly passive smoke are finally banned from the restaurant, "said health advisor Beate Prettner in the prospect of adoption today by the National Council of Health and Wellness. smoking ban in the restaurant sector. "Thus, the parliament authorized the free play of the forces of the people's claims in the country," says Prettner in the referendum "does not smoke" about 2% .900,000 voters were signed last fall.

The health advisor is delighted that Austria has finally arrived in a healthier Europe. "A smoking ban in the catering sector, successfully applied for years in other European countries, is also introduced in Austria from November 2019. In this way, not only does the policy provide a service to the health of the future generation, but it also improves the working conditions of the many employees of the restaurant, "said Prettner.

From the point of view of health policy, the fact that the decision was taken by majority and not by unanimity is a disadvantage: "It is true that there are still politicians who, out of pure selfishness and opportunism, endanger the health of Austrians and even risk their lives Poverty and completely irresponsible ".

Nevertheless, the ban on smoking is also a very important sign against passive smokers. According to statistics from Carinthia, about 800 people die each year from the consequences of their cigarette consumption. Or in other words: two deaths each day. In addition, there are three deaths a day all over Austria because other people smoke – passive smokers are therefore in great danger. "Prevention remains the best health insurance to actively counter this statistic.The National Council's resolution on the smoking ban in the restaurant sector has taken a very important step," said Prettner.


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