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Changes to application for smoking ban by housing corporations

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 8.12.2016 13.58
Press release 230/2016

On 8 December, the Government issued a decree on the information housing corporations must provide in the applications regarding smoking bans inside individual apartments or on the balconies of individual apartments. Housing corporations are e.g. limited liability housing companies and rental buildings. The decree will take effect on 1 January 2017, and it is based on the new Tobacco Act that entered into force on 15 August.

A decision by the housing corporation must be attached to the application to prove that the applicant has the right to apply for a smoking ban. Acceptable proof will for example be a decision made at a shareholders’ meeting to apply for a smoking ban. In addition, the application must include an itemized account on which spaces the smoking ban will concern (indoors, balconies and outdoors). The application must also include a structural or other such account of the possible spread of smoke from one space to another. The application must also indicate how the occupants of the apartments have been heard before submitting the application.

The conditions of issuing a smoking ban are provided for in the Tobacco Act.

Additional information:

Lawyer Laura Terho, tel. +358 (0)2951 63550