In August 2007, Denmark enacted a smokefree law covering workplaces and public places with a number of exceptions. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking rooms of workplaces, restaurants, cafes, and bars. Private offices and bars smaller than 40 square meters are exempt. Smoking is also allowed in long-term care and psychiatric facilities. Public transportation is 100% smokefree.
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ignoring station smoking ban
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ban on train platforms
Koster, B.; Brink, A.; Haunstrup Clemmensen, I., "'Neighbour smoke'--exposure to secondhand smoke in multiunit dwellings in Denmark in 2010: a cross-sectional study," Tobacco Control 22(3): 190-193, May 2013.
Background Neighbour smoke is transfer of secondhand smoke between apartments including shared areas, such as hallways, community rooms and stairwells in multiunit dwellings and is an emerging issue for public health and health equity.
Objective To describe the prevalence of exposure to neighbour smoke in Denmark.
Methods A population-based sample of 5049 respondents (2183 in multiunit dwellings) living in Denmark aged ?15 years completed a questionnaire in 2010 on tobacco-related behaviour and exposure to secondhand smoke. The authors examined the relations between exposure to neighbour smoke, own smoking, smoking inside the home, type of residence and demographic factors with descriptive statistics and logistic regression analysis.
Results In this sample, 22% of those living in multiunit dwellings reported exposure to neighbour smoke. Of respondents living in apartments, 41% preferred to live in a building in which smoking is banned. Smoke-free buildings were preferred by 58% of persons exposed to neighbour smoke compared with 37% of persons not exposed. Of the smokers (daily and occasional), 14% preferred to live in a smoke-free building; 31% never smoked indoors in their own home.
Conclusions The only way to avoid absorbing tobacco smoke from
neighbours is to live in a smoke-free multiunit dwelling. There is great
demand for such dwellings, especially by young people, people with children
and people exposed to neighbour smoke, as well as by people who smoke.
Pisinger, C.; Robinson, K.M.; Jorgensen, T.; Glumer, C., "Municipal tobacco control in the capital region of Denmark can be improved," Danish Medical Journal 60(1): A4571, January 2013.
INTRODUCTION: Smoking remains the single preventable factor with the
highest impact on morbidity and mortality in Denmark. The aims of this
study were to assess the quality of municipal tobacco control (TC) in
the 29 municipalities of the Capital Region of Denmark, and to compare
the quality of the TC and the priority given to TC with the prevalence
Ishoy, T., "Nonsmoking
policy in Danish hospices," International Journal of Palliative
Nursing 18(9): 422-423, September 2012.
The Danish Smoke-free Environments Act 2007 aimed to prevent the harmful
health effects of secondhand smoking. It requires employers to take
practicable steps to ensure smoke-free environments for all, i.e. employees
as well as members of the public (visitors, clients, customers, etc).
Palliative care aims for a holistic approach that takes into account
all aspects of patients' psychological, physical, and social needs.
This may be challenged by a smoke-free policy in an end-of-life care
setting. This paper looks at the concept of smoke-free standards in
Danish end-of-life care settings.
| Smoking bans and socially incompetent Danes
Mayors vision for smoke-free Copenhagen gets mixed reviews
aims to be smoke-free by 2025
smoking law attacked from both sides
smoking ban draws praises, achieves some success
association to build non-smoking flats
No-smoking signs could soon become a fixture of some flats after a housing association announced it has plans to build 30 smoke-free units.
The flats, a part of the Frederikshavn Housing Association, would be the first of their kind in the country, but the trend toward non-smoking council housing seems to be spreading.
Two of the countrys largest housing associations, AAB and KAB,
said they also expected to provide smoke-free accommodation in the near
place smoking decreases: Further tightening expected of 2007 smoking
law expected next year
The Danish Cancer Society is very pleased with new figures, which show an increase in the number of work places which adhere to the smoking law, reports Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
The 2007 smoking law has been more effective than initially expected it seems and today smoking in offices is restricted to smoking rooms, single offices or simply forbidden.
A spokesperson for the society said that the law has been more successful than expected due to the work places themselves having brought in stricter regulations than the law states.
Figures show that in 2008, one in 10 workplaces visited by inspectors
was reprimanded, whilst the figure for today is one in 22. ...
laws not strict enough
More and more Danes are jumping onto the anti-smoking bandwagon and supporting stricter laws.
A majority of Danes believe that the present laws restricting smoking
should be expanded, according to a Gallup/Berlingske Tidende poll.
on sweet hookah tobacco imminent
Health minister investigating ban on addictive water pipe tobacco as study shows greater risk to young people
The message from Health Minister Jakob Axel Nielsen is clear: young people are hitting the hookahs too much and the addictive tobacco used in the water pipes should be banned.
A parliamentary majority supports a ban on the sweet-flavoured tobacco used in water pipes, and Nielsen agreed measures needed to be introduced to protect the young.
Its a really bad idea to have sweet addictive tobacco in water pipes and worrying that its become so popular among young people, which is why Im investigating whether we can introduce a ban in Denmark, Nielsen said to DR News. ...
ban outside schools mooted
Local Government Denmark seeks extension on smoking ban as part of 500 million kroner health investment
Smoking anywhere near educational institutions could be a thing of the past if Local Government Denmark (LGD) has its way.
The umbrella organisation for local councils nationwide has developed a preventative proposal, based on National Board of Health recommendations, to improve policies on smoking, drinking and health.
The national smoking ban presently has exceptions that allow for smoking inside single-person offices, dedicated smoking rooms and bars smaller in size than 40sqm.
LGD wants to see the complete ban on smoking in public council buildings extended to include outdoor areas of schools, nurseries and other areas where employees work with children. ...
KAB, the countrys largest administrator of non-profit housing, already presented the idea back in December, and now Fredensborg Housing Association has put forth a fully completed plan for several non-smoking housing blocks.
However, implementing the no-smoking policy could face many obstacles not least that associations may not discriminate against smokers. ...
Charged with Smoking Violations
Despite previous warnings several bars have continued to flaunt no-smoking legislation, resulting in their being reported to the police
As the result of checking 55,000 businesses to see if the smoking ban is being upheld, 861 were given warnings by the Working Environment Authority for violating the law, reports public broadcaster DR.
Of those, 232 were bars, 23 of which have been reported to police for
not following the warning they had previously been given. The 23 bars
were the only businesses reported to police as a result of the check.
Limit for Tobacco Goes Up
A new law takes effect on Monday making it illegal for young people under the age of 18 to purchase tobacco or to introduce tobacco to Denmark from abroad.
poised for blanket smoking ban - with loopholes
Copenhagen - From Wednesday Denmark will join the growing number of European countries to impose a blanket ban on smoking in all workplaces, restaurants, pubs and other public places.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 20 European countries that have introduced a smoking ban in the last five years.
The rules that come into force Wednesday have been criticized by health experts for not going far enough and for allowing too many exceptions. ...