Finland smoking ban
Finland's smoking ban for bars, cafes, restaurants

Finland's smoking ban for a public indoor space

The 2007 smoking ban for bars and restaurants imposed all bars, cafes and restaurants larger than 50 square
meters with a proper ventilation system can, during a two-year transition period, set up special smoking
sections covering half the size of premises. No customers are allowed to eat or drink in the special booths.

However, this strict regulation was not accepted from the owners, because they cannot expect to pay well
by setting a separate smoking space inside. As a result, most restaurant owners adopted a policy to place
ashtrays on a table of outdoor section.

措置であったが、飲食店は完全に独立した喫煙室(smoking booth) を設置することが出来た。審査制となっており、

Many ashtrays on outdoor cafe tables, Helsinki, Finland

Hilton Hotel Strand, Helsinki arranges a smoking area, not far from the main entrance to the Hotel. About 8 chairs are provided for smokers.
The numbers of guest rooms in which smoking is allowed in Hilton are 27, which consists of
14% of total 192 rooms.
Palace Hotel which stands beside a beautiful port site, and with a good reputation, has 5 smoking guest rooms,
13% of 39 total rooms.

Hilton Hotel Strand, Helsinki, provides smoking space with chairs outside of the building.

Hilton Helsinki Airport Hotel and a smoking place outside

Hilton Helsinki Airport Hotel, which stands at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport has total guest rooms of 330. Smoking rooms are two,
which consists of
0.6% of total, as of July 2014. A designated smoking place is outside of the hotel.

Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.

Various cigarette butt receptacles ( stand ashtray )
(L) Hilton Hotel Strand (M) Street car stop at the Central Station (R) Outside of MacDonald, Ruoholahti, Helsinki

(L)(M) No-smoking signs in the bus stop (R) Streetcar tracks at the intersection of Etelaeesplanadi and Etelaeranta roads.

Smokers on the streetcar stop in front of the Central Station, Helsinki, Finland

Smokers on the streetcar stop in front of the Central Station, Helsinki, Finland


No-smoking sign at the Oestra Centrum and Graesviken subway stations.
(L)No-alchohol and no-smoking sign at the subway train door (R) Inside of Helsinki subway

(L) Pole ashtray and smoking person seen outside of Mellungsbacka subway station, Helsinki
(R) No-smoking sign of Itaekeskus Shopping Center, Helsinki


Central Railway Station, Helsinki, Finland

Central Railway Station, Helsinki, Finland

A sleeping car (no smoking) and a smoking booth of the train of Aurora Borealis Express.
This smoking booth was removed after June 2013. No smoking is allowed inside of the Finland railway trains.

(L)Smoking woman in the waiting bench of Pasila Boele railway station. (R) A long-distance train to Moscow.

A total smoking ban inside of a train is now well accepted rule in the world. Nevertheless, a long-distance
train of Aurora Borealis Express provides a separate smoking-booth in a train. This is the only train the writer
could see in the world, except cases in Japan. The JR-West, JR-Tokai and JR-Shikoku companies of Japan
provide a separate section for smokers in the long-distance train, including of the Shinkansen super express.


Smokers outside of Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, Finland

Smokers outside of Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, Finland

Smoking room inside of Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, Finland
A child is waiting for his father to finish smoking in the designated booth.

The Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, Finland should be smoke-free, since smoking in all public
places banned completely. However, we arrived at the airport terminal, there was a slight smell of
tobacco. This could be come from outside of the entrance to the terminal. In Finland, smoking is not
forbidden near the building entrance. The Helsinki International Airport provides 6 smoking rooms
in the terminal buildings. Incidentally, I felt pity to see about 10-year old child, waiting outside an
airport smoking room until his father to finish smoking.


(L) Smoking booth on the way to the air terminals (R) Ashtrays filled with a cigarette butt.

Smoking booth to the Terminal 36:
No door is provided and adverse tobacco-smoke spills out other areas
where air passengers are waiting. This area is outside of the EU passport control.
The above four photographs were taken in July 2014.

The Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport does not protect air passengers from the adverse tobacco smoke,
without providing a door between a smoking-room and a passage in the terminal building. The right
photograph was taken a door-less smoking room just beside of JAL fright waiting room. Both pictures were
taken in June 2016.

Smoking restriction of the world airports

Finland's proposal to eliminate tobacco use

The Finnish Ministry for Social Affairs and Health is set to propose legislation that will see the country pursue
a course to a tobacco-free society. If it passed, the new laws would make the Finland the first country in the
world dedicated to eradicating tobacco use. Ismo Tuominen, one of the authors of the proposal, cited Ireland
restricted the cigarette sale to behind under counters. The display of tobacco is also illegal in Iceland and
parts of Canada. He added that a strong government-support will end the tobacco use would be the best
Source: Ice News, Daily News October 12, 2009

Smoking Ban in European Countries
 Italy  Malta   Ireland    North Ireland   UK   Germany   Switzerland 
 France   Holland  Portugal   Spain   Norway  Sweden  Denmark  
 Iceland   Finland

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 Rental Car Smoking Ban in Finland

 Tabacco Package sold in in Finland

Arrival to Finland Tobacco Control in Finland Railways in Helsinki City of Helsinki

2009年7月執筆および写真撮影 2014年7月加筆 2016年6月加筆
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