Extensive public smoking ban introduced in Aarhus

Aarhus Municipality yesterday passed a comprehensive ban on the consumption of tobacco in public areas including bus stops, libraries and the city’s cultural centre.

The ban also applies to electronic cigarettes and vapours.

The Danish Cancer Society has praised the initiative.

“This is by far the most comprehensive ban that any Danish municipality has introduced,” Niels Them Kjær, a project manager at the Danish Cancer Society, told DR.

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However Kjær does not expect that the police will go out of their way to catch smokers and fine them.

Smokeless party
Aarhus City Council has also decided that tobacco should no longer be sold at events supported by the municipality.

The popular Aarhus event NorthSide last year decided to stop cigarette sales, becoming the first music festival to take such an initiative in the country.