Nicotine/Tobacco Cigarette Smoking Ban List

Supplemented no doubt by the recent environmentally-minded or “green” phase, many countries throughout the world are taking action to help promote a healthier, safer and cleaner public living environment. Indeed, it’s certainly not a coincidence that this many countries worldwide have simultaneously decided to ban the smoking of nicotine or tobacco cigarettes without it being a legitimately hazardous and wide-spanning epidemic.

Please note that the following smoking bans do not include electronic cigarettes to any degree.  If you don’t believe just how polarizing and serious the actions against smoking nicotine or tobacco cigarettes, please feel free to take a look at the laundry list of different countries who have enacted the ban.

Albania

Banned smoking in closed public areas on May 26, 2007, in addition to any tobacco advertising as well.

Andorra

Banned smoking in all governmental buildings, on public buses, and on the grounds of any educational facilities.

Argentina

Banned smoking in public areas (with less-strict restrictions in other cities) in the city of Buenos Aires in 2006.

Armenia

Banned smoking in hospitals, cultural and mental institutions, and on the grounds of educational institutions in March of 2005.

Australia

Specific rules vary state-to-state, but in general, there has been overwhelming support to ban smoking in all public areas within the country.

Austria

Restricts establishments over 80 m2 to institute sectional smoking layouts.

Bahrain

Banned smoking in all public places on February 27th, 2008.

Belgium

Banned smoking within any area where food is actively being served.

Bermuda

Banned smoking in any bars, clubs, workplaces, and restaurants.

Bhutan

Multiple policies restricting smoking in most public areas have been instituted since 2005. In addition, many people have served prison terms for simply selling tobacco — which certainly goes to show just how serious business the subject is in Bhutan.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Banned smoking in all public buildings since 2007.

Brazil

Banned smoking in public places as well as sectional smoking in most other highly-populated environments.

Bulgaria

Banned smoking in all indoor establishments except restaurants and bars.

Canada

Banned smoking in all provinces and territories.

Chile

Instituted sectional smoking in most indoor/highly populated environments.

China

Banned smoking pretty much everywhere in the country, save for most restaurants.

Colombia

Most indoor working environments as well as public places are smoke free, as well as advertising smoking to minors.

Croatia

Instituted very strict rules regarding required ventilation systems for any institution or business wishing to allow smoking within their walls.

Cuba

Most work places in Cuba have outlawed smoking, and there are very strict rules on where tobacco can even be sold.

Cyprus

Banned everywhere.

Czech Republic

Mostly regulated smoking, but rarely banned anywhere within the country.

Denmark

Instituted sectional smoking with varying flexibility based on location and business type.

Ecuador

Some restrictions — enforced via no smoking signs — in a relatively small amount of places and environments throughout the country.

Estonia

Enforced sectional smoking.

Faroe Islands

Complete ban.

Finland

Aims to outlaw smoking entirely in the near future.

France

Instituted sectional smoking with some accompanying rules.

Germany

Existing restrictive smoking rules, but not enforced very adamantly.  

Guatemala

Restricted smoking in any public establishments.

Hong Kong

Instituted quite complex system of rules, fines, and regulations.

Hungary

Enforced ban on smoking for the last several years.

Iceland

Complete ban.

India

Instituted bans and/or restrictions pretty much everywhere, save for your own home and/or vehicle.

Indonesia

Enforced ban with some varying parameters.

Ireland

Complete ban.

Isle of Man

Complete ban, including, surprisingly enough, prison as well.

Israel

Enforced sectional smoking as well as strict bans.

Italy

One of the first countries to institute no-smoking policies and also has several rules/laws to govern sectional smoking.

Japan

While not universally enforced or consistent, it’s quite difficult to smoke while out anywhere in public within the country.

Kazakhstan

Fully enforced ban on smoking.

Kenya

Complete ban.

Latvia

Complete ban.

Lithuania

Enforced ban, save for specifically specialized smoking bars.

Luxembourg

Enforced ban, save for “snack” bars.

Macedonia

Enforced ban everywhere save for your own home.

Madagascar

Enforced ban in bars, clubs, and most airports.

Malta

Enforced sectional smoking.

Malaysia

Complete ban.

Mexico

Complete ban.

Monaco

Instituted ban everywhere except nightclubs, bars and other “late night” locales.

Montenegro

Complete ban.

Morocco

Complete ban.

Mozambique

Enforced ban, with some sectional smoking allowed in various places.

Namibia

Complete ban.

Netherlands

Lightly enforced smoking ban.

New Zealand

Complete ban.

Niger

Complete ban.

Nigeria

Complete ban.

Norway

Complete ban.

Paraguay

Complete ban.

Philippines

Enforced, mostly-complete ban on smoking.

Poland

Mostly complete ban on smoking, save for some exceptions given to small bars in various locales.

Portugal

Enforced ban, with some exceptions for those with adequately functioning ventilation systems.

Russia

Presently unknown.

Slovenia

Instituted ban with some exceptions for those who wish to allow smoking within their establishments.

South Africa

Presently unknown.

Spain

Complete ban.

Sweden

Enforced sectional smoking.

Switzerland

Enforced smoking ban, with some state-to-state variations.

Thailand

Complete ban.

Turkey

Complete ban.

Uganda

Complete ban.

United Arab Emirates

Complete ban.

United Kingdom

Complete ban.

Northern Ireland

Enforced ban with moderate to large fines for those who choose to violate said smoking bans.

Scotland

Enforced ban to restrict — for the most part — smoking within restaurants and any other public locales.

Wales

Enforced ban regarding smoking while on public premises.

United States

Enforced ban, but with state-to-state variations on the specifics of smoking restrictions.

Uruguay

Enforced sectional smoking.

Vatican City

Complete ban.

Vietnam

Enforced ban absolutely everywhere.

Zambia

Enforced ban on smoking in public places, enforced with huge fine penalties and up to a possible two-year stay in prison.