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Minister of Health against Smoking Room for MPs

By Iceland Review

Minister of Health Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarsson said in light of the smoking ban in public places, which took effect in Iceland in June 2007, he believes the Althingi parliament should remove its special smoking facilities for MPs.

It is legal, with exceptions, for workplaces to establish smoking facilities for employees, but Thórdarson dislikes the idea of Iceland’s parliament having such facilities because MP’s should serve as role models for others, Fréttabladid reports.

“I think it is ridiculous for the parliament to have its own smoking room. The legislative assembly should provide a good example,” the minister said.

According to law, smoking is prohibited inside bars and restaurants, but some bar owners have permitted smoking indoors again in protest of the smoking ban. Baldvin Skúlason, owner of Barinn, Q-bar and Oliver said the ban is unfair and has requested a meeting with Thórdarson.

Skúlason has also criticized the law for being vague. Thórdarson said the smoking ban is clear enough and he does not believe that he will give his vote to a potential bill on a milder smoking ban, authorizing special smoking facilities inside bars.

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