Knesset Mulling Smoking Ban in Sports Stadiums

New bill allows smoking only in designated section.

Ido Efrati
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Smoking might soon be banned in sports stadiums if a bill approved by the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee yesterday becomes law.

Sponsored by MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid), the bill would allow lit cigarettes only in a specially designated section, which could take up no more than 25 percent of a stadium’s total seating, and in a smoking lounge limited to 25 percent of the space available to spectators during breaks in the game.

Those two areas would require special ventilation to keep the smoke from wafting over and bothering spectators in the rest of the arena. The bill represents an expansion to the 2011 ban on smoking in public areas.

A man smoking a cigarette (illustrative).