The History of Smoking Bans

By: Jon Tipping

By the late 1600s, cities began banning smoking. These cities included those in Europe and Austria. Bans established in Berlin (1723), Konigsberg (1742), and Stettin (1744) were soon after repealed throughout the 1848 revolutions.

In 1876, New Zealand become home to the first building on Earth to boast a no-smoking policy. The Old Government Building situated in Wellington prohibited smoking, not out of concern for the health of the general public, but rather to scale back the risk of fire. The building is the planet’s second biggest made of wood.

Astonishingly, Adolf Hitler had his hand in the first modern nationwide tobacco ban. Hitler’s Nazi Party prohibited tobacco use in German post offices, universities, Nazi offices, and military hospitals. The ruling was founded in 1941 primarily based on information provided by the Institute for Tobacco Hazards Research.

As the twentieth Century came to a conclusion, researchers began to spot the hazards of second hand smoke and tobacco use. In reply, the tobacco trade began airing “courtesy awareness” campaigns to preserve its buyers. Within the U.S., states began to pass laws that provided separate areas for smokers.

Minnesota became the first U.S. state to bar public smoking in 1975. The state implemented the Minnesota Clean Indoor Act that required restaurants to offer diners with non-smoking sections. Bars, however, were exempt from this law.

A Californian town, San Luis Obispo became the first town to ban smoking in restaurants, bars, and other indoor places. The law was passed in 1990 and was the first of its kind. These days, nearly the entire planet enforces some kind of smoking or tobacco use ban. Merely a handful of countries have thus far to crack down on second hand smoke.

The planet’s initial ban on smoking was established in 1575 when an religious council in Mexico put a ban on tobacco use all churches situated in Mexico and the Spanish Colonies of the Caribbean. Some years later, in 1633, Murad IV, an Ottoman ruler declared a ban on smoking in the whole territory.

Pope Urban VII was the subsequent to put his foot down, banning smoking in the church in 1590. The Pope not merely made it illegal to smoke, he claimed he would excommunicate any person who used tobacco in any form in the church or on its porch-way. Pope Urban VII reinforced his predecessor’s ban in 1624.

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