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Restrictions on Smoking

(1) It is prohibited to smoke:

1) in educational and correction institutions, except in institutions of higher education in which it is permitted to smoke in premises, which are specially designated for smoking;

2) in medical treatment institutions, social care and rehabilitation establishments, except for premises, which are specially designated for smoking. The internal procedure regulations of the relevant institutions and establishments may provide for the possibility of the patients of the institutions or the inmate of the establishments to smoke also outside of the premises, which are specially designated for smoking, taking into account the physical and mental condition of such patients or inmates;

3) closer than 10 metres from the entrance of buildings or structures (also on the outside steps and landings), where State or local government institutions and capital companies in which more than 50 per cent of the capital shares (stock) is owned by the State or local governments are located. In such places there shall be displayed informative notices or symbols regarding the prohibition to smoke;

4) in the shelters at public transport stops;

5) in the stairwells of multi-apartment residential buildings;

6) in places of work in work-spaces and areas of common use, with the exception of specially designated smoking areas;

7) in public buildings, structures and premises (cinemas, concert and sports halls, other sports buildings and structures, post offices and other institution halls, discotheques and dance halls, etc.), with the exception of separate premises, which are specially designated for smoking. This prohibition does not apply to existing apartments in public buildings;

8) in all kinds of public means of transport and taxis, with the exception of long-distance trains, ships and aircraft, where there shall be separate railway carriages, cabins or lounges which are designated for smokers; and

9) during sport and other public events in stadiums and other enclosed territories, with the exception of areas, which are specially designated for smoking.

(2) ) Smoking in cafes, restaurants and other public catering locations, casinos and gaming halls shall only be allowed in premises, which are specially designated for smoking, or premises, which are separated apart for smoking. It is permitted to smoke in summer (outside) cafes only in areas, which are specially designated for smoking.

(3) Hotels and other short-term residence dwellings may have specially designated bedrooms in which it is permitted to smoke.

(4) Local governments may prohibit or restrict smoking in parks, squares, bathing places and other public territories by issuing binding regulations.

(5) Prohibition to smoke shall be indicated by an informative sign in the official language, using the sign “smēķēt aizliegts” [smoking prohibited] (white letters on a red background), but permission to smoke by a similar informative sign, using the sign “atļauts smēķēt” [smoking permitted] (white letters on a green background), or by symbols which are used in international smoking control practice.

(6) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures by which informative notices or symbols regarding prohibition of smoking or allowing smoking shall be placed, as well as samples of the notices and symbols.

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