SWITZERLAND: A ban on tobacco and e-cigarettes in stations in 2019.

SWITZERLAND: A ban on tobacco and e-cigarettes in stations in 2019.

As of June 2019, all stations in Switzerland will be non-smokers. Passengers wishing to light a cigarette or use an e-cigarette may do so in specially marked areas on the platforms. 


NON-SMOKING AND NON-VAPOUS STATIONS IN JUNE 2019


The stations will become non-smoking places from June 1, 2019, the Public Transport Union (UTP) decided after a trial period. However, it will be possible to grill one in the marked areas on the quays. This regulation also concerns the e-cigarette, as explained in 20 Minutes Ueli Stückelberger, director of the Association of public transport. "They (e-cigarettes) are treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes and can only be consumed in smoking areas. "

UTP considers that better air quality and less pollution should contribute to more user-friendliness on the quays. Cleaning costs should also decrease, she said on Friday. These changes meet both the expectations of travelers in terms of cleanliness and odors, as well as the needs of smokers.

In European comparison, regulations on cigarettes are very liberal in Swiss stations, specifies the UTP. Three out of four people polled wanted the current regulation to be changed. In collaboration with the UTP, the Federal Office of Transport (OTF) and the Rhaetian Railways (RhB), in 2018 SBB therefore tested two anti-smoking regulations in six stations.

sourceLenouvelliste.ch/

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