Heavier Smoking Fines in Italy

Heavier Smoking Fines in ItalyHeavier Smoking Fines in Italy

Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros ($600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman, or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street, after new health and environmental laws went into effect from February 2. The smoking prohibitions extend bans on smoking in offices, restaurants, cinemas and other public places to the more private sphere of a car. They also specifically target pediatric hospitals and other medical facilities catering to pregnant women and newborns in a bid to cut the estimated 70,000-83,000 deaths a year the government attributes to tobacco smoke, the Independent News website reported.