Carinthia: Smoking ban: Austria has finally arrived in a healthier Europe

Office d. Government of the State of Carinthia – symbolic image
© LPD Carinthia

July 03


of the Salzburg editorial office
Print this article Prettner: Reason finally wins. Late solution to protect non-smokers – Prevention of non-smokers remains the best health insurance

Klagenfurt (LPD). "The smoking stalk and the deadly passive smoke are finally banned from the restaurant business," said health advisor Beate Prettner in the perspective of adoption today by the National Council of Health and Wellness. A ban on smoking 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 implemented for years in other European countries, is also introduced in Austria from November 2019. Thus, not only does the policy provide a service to their future health, it also improves the working conditions of many employees in the catering sector, "explained 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 egoism 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 is always the best health insurance to actively counter this statistic." With the decision of the National Council today to ban the smoking ban in the restaurant sector, a very important step has been taken, "Prettner said.

Source: Land Carinthia