Swiss people have voted for cigarettes
Switzerland residents during referendum that took place on September 23rd have voted down full ban of smoking in public places.
For the last years in the country was followed smoking ban in frame of which hotels, restaurants and bars were allowed to have special premises for smokers.
Restrictions that were introduced two years ago were consequently significantly weakened under the pressure of huge tobacco Companies some of which have their European headquarters in Switzerland.
According Swiss press against introduction of full smoking ban in public places has voted two-thirds of voted people.
In some cantons, according to Geneva newspaper "La Tribune de Geneve" more than 70 % of population has rejected strict measures. At the same time in Geneva votes on the referendum were divided approximately in half.
The matter is that authorities of Geneva and seven others Swiss cantons have introduced their own strict smoking restrictions while small cantons have followed softer position to smokers.
Many doctors and ecologists have voted for introducing full smoking ban in public places.
Jean-Charles Rielle from Geneva Center of smoking control that has entered commission for setting referendum has told to France Press before voting that the aim of this referendum is elimination of confusion among various approaches to the problem inside the country.
"In those cantons where these prohibitions are already in force we have followed 20% reduction of hospitalization cases due to cardio-vascular diseases, heart attacks and other such problems", - he says.
However, president of Geneva's Association of cafe owners, restaurateurs and hoteliers Laurent Terlinchamp considers offered measures too severe.
"In Geneva where ban was introduced two years ago, we were told that to intuitions will come new customers, - he says. - But today this is out of the question, as profits have fallen from 10 to 30 percent in dependence of institution type".
As Geneva's La Tribune de Geneve notes, full ban was, probably, rejected because Swiss people didn't want to make small cantons change their legislation and also because people are super-sensitive to interference of government in their life.