A petition to ban smoking on the terraces of bars and restaurants was close to reaching the threshold for prompting a parliamentary discussion.
At the time of writing, a day before its closure, petition 1069 had 4,221 signatures, just short of the 4,500 threshold.
Petition author Daniel Reding says such a ban would avoid passive smoking for non-smokers, in particular children and pregnant women. He cites as his motivation ensuring a “respect for the health of others when they are outdoors, in the same way as indoors and to avoid respiratory illnesses.”
The petition closes on 4 September. Anyone can sign a petition in Luxembourg provided they are a legally registered person and aged 15 or over.
Smoking in public bars and cafés was banned in Luxembourg from 1 January 2014. The ban was extended on 1 August 2017 to areas close to children’s playgrounds and in vehicles in which a child aged under 12 is travelling and e-cigarettes were also included among the banned products covered by law.