Roken in openbare ruimtes is in België al sinds 1990 verboden. In die 15 jaar
heeft men er mee leren leven: men negeert de verboden gewoon.
Wat een gezellig volkske toch, die
Health Minister Rudy Demotte decided to launch an investigation at the start of this year to determine how the ban is being observed.
Inspectors subsequently checked 1,859 public buildings and found in 40 percent of the locations lacked no smoking signs. Sixty percent of hospitals and nursing homes had no signs.
Cultural institutes scored the best, despite the fact that just one in four did not have no smoking signs, newspaper ‘De Standaard’ reported.
The smoking ban was breached in 10 percent of the buildings checked. Hospitals and nursing homes performed the worst, with the ban being breached at 22 percent of the inspected buildings.
Youth shelters, schools and education institutes observe the smoking ban the most vigorously.
Despite the breaches discovered, the inspectors did not impose fines. Instead, prevention advisors were notified in cases where no smoking signs were absent. The advisors are instructed to take the necessary steps.