In Switzerland took place nationwide referendum about smoking
Switzerland is one of the oldest European democracies. Authorities before taking a decision that affects majority of population, submit many questions for nationwide discussion.
As strange as it may seem, interrogations on the eve of referendum have shown that nation that is generally is united in such questions that touches public good have suddenly divided into two uncompromising groups: smoking became for Swiss people a bone of contention.
Preliminary interrogations of public opinion show that for clampdown against smoking are going to vote 52 % of Swiss people who have voting rights, while against "draconian measures" are 41 % of country population and 7 % haven't decided yet what is their position.
On the referendum Swiss people will have to decide if it is necessary to continue clampdown directed against smokers - if it is necessary to forbid utterly smoking in offices and public places (bars, restaurants, Palaces of Sport, cinemas and so on). It is referred namely to absolute smoking prohibition without limitation.
Such strict restrictions exist in some cantons of the country; however law that was adopted in 2010 abounds in exceptions that allow evading the law if desired.
Referendum that took place on September 23rd had to determine population attitude to this problem that consequently should become a compulsory law on entire Switzerland territory.
Supporters of clampdown against smokers use powerful trump card: in those country regions where such laws are already in effect during short time number of hospitalizations with cardiovascular diseases has reduced by 20 %.
However, at the same time profits of coffee shops and restaurants owners where from now on is prohibited smoking have reduced as well. Such reduction makes in average 20-30 %.
To be continued...