The municipality had banned smoking on balconies because it disturbed building residents, but a lower court overturned the ban. The city then appealed to the Supreme Court but lost.
Pertti Forss of the Helsinki environment centre says the ruling puts the city at odds with guidelines set by health watchdog Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.
Sounds great right?
The very next day....................................
The ministry is now looking to write the balcony smoking restrictions into law.
“I think that after this [decision] we will have to strongly consider it,” said Paaso. “We are finalising our tobacco strategy, and this proposal is already in the draft.”
Changes to the tobacco law should be presented by ministers to parliament.
I am sickened by outdoor smoking bans,indoor bans,car bans.bans in your own home.It's all insanity.
Someday it has to stop and the end of this stupidity can't come soon enough for me.