With 22 votes for, 21 against and with one abstention the House carried the smoking bill which for months had been a subject of debate amongst lawmakers.
An amendment tabled by ruling Disy, describing external areas as covered areas with at least one permanent side. If the external area is joined onto an indoor area a permanent partition between the two areas is not required provided that the external area has one permanently open side.
An amendment tabled by Akel to prohibit smoking in casinos was rejected.
A similar proposal, tabled by Edek, Solidarity and Citizens Alliance, to permit smoking in designated areas in airport and port departure lounges which and which will be off limits to minors was also rejected.
The same parties tabled a proposal to allow owners of pubs and clubs to permit smoking on their premises as well as restaurateurs under specific guidelines which was also rejected.
The Green’s proposal to prohibit smoking in public toilets was passed but the proposal to increase fines for providing minors with tobacco products was rejected.
An amendment for prohibiting smoking in athletic centres and stadiums was rejected as was ELAM’s proposed amendment to scrap the provision of responsibility for a person in charge of a non-smoking are and the reduction of fines.