Milan has become the first Italian city to introduce a ban on outdoor smoking in a range of public spaces following a new regulation aiming at improving the city’s air quality.
Smoking is now forbidden in the city’s public parks, dog areas, cemeteries, playgrounds, children’s sports and recreational areas, stadiums and public transport stops.
Many in the city, including smokers, have welcomed the ban – first approved in November 2020 but coming into force from January 20.
For the hardcore smokers used to smoking wherever they want grumbling over the ban, there’s a ray of hope: smoking is allowed in all these public spaces given that the smoker stands at least at a ten-meter distance from other people.
Those ignoring the ban could be sanctioned with a fine ranging from 2,300 to 14,000 pesos. The ban doesn’t cover e-cigarettes.
Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to ban smoking in closed public spaces, including bars and restaurants, in 2005.