Police and health officials in Cyprus have joined forces to launch a new campaign to combat smoking in closed spaces after complacency sparked audacity.
The initiative began on April 28 and will run until June 17, Philenews reported on Thursday.
It basically aims to enforce the Health Protection Law and will involve inspections of nightclubs and other venues where smoking is prohibited.
The inspections will be conducted mainly at night, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays, and anyone found to be violating the law will be subject to the law’s provisions.
It is reminded that the out-of-court settlement for patrons caught smoking in prohibited areas is €85, while the owners or managers of the leisure centers will also be reported.
The campaign is an effort to create a healthier environment for everyone – an issue raised even in reports by the Auditor General of the Republic.
A decrease in inspections had been recorded in all districts – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
The police had said the issue of smoking controls was not within their direct jurisdiction and that other authorities/agencies should get involved.