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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.

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 option.
Source: Ice News, Daily News October 12, 2009

Tobbaco Sales and Health Warning

Prices of various cigarettes photographed in a supermarket near Helsinki Subway station, Finland (6.30=6.30euro)

Prices of various cigarettes photographed in a store near Helsinki Railway Station, Finland

Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport
Health warning photos

Dutyfree shopping area of cigarettes at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport

1Euro=132Yen (as of July 2009)
 No duty-free tobacco was displayed at the time we pass through the airport in July 2014.

 International comparison of cigarette prices and taxes

Tobacco Sales and Health Warning
Canada   Britain  Australia Thailand  Denmark  Iceland   Finland   Brazil

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The photographs were taken and the article was written in July 2009, last revised in June 2016,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.

Public transport in Helsinki

Special Note:
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 Nobody in the earth can destroy the natural beauty of the land.
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www. smokefree.jpn.com

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