Senate commission approves stadium smoke ban

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The Senate Social Affairs Commission on Wednesday approved a ban on smoking at sporting events, including football stadiums and gyms. Reported by Senator Romário (Somos-RJ), the proposal now goes to the Chamber of Deputies. The bill is by Senator Eduardo Girão (Somos-CE).

If approved by the House, the proposal will allow smoking for the first time in open spaces. Initially, the proposal provided for a ban on sporting events. But during the vote, the measure was extended to public offices, classrooms, libraries, collective workplaces.

This extension, however, has no practical effect, since there is already federal law prohibiting smoking indoors. In defending the project, Girão noted the significant costs of SUS to treat people with tobacco-related diseases and the dangers caused by secondhand smoke. Paula Johns, ACT-BR director, praised the approval.

“If it becomes law, it will be a breakthrough, because we are talking about environments where there is a large concentration of people.”

Júlio P Silva

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