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Italy moves to widen smoking ban

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Ten years after smoking was stubbed out in indoor public places, Italy’s Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said further restrictions on smokers are being explored.

She would like to explore banning smoking in cars when children are present, and when filming movies.

On January 10th 2005, Italy became the third country in Europe, after Ireland and Norway, to bring in a smoking ban in indoor public places including bars, cafes and nightclubs.

Since then, the number of smokers in Italy has fallen from 23.8 percent to 19.5%, according to figures from Istat, the national statistics agency.

The country also recently banned smoking in outdoor spaces at schools while the minimum age to buy cigarettes was raised to 18.

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