In recognition of World No Tobacco Day 31st May 2

first_imgIn recognition of World No Tobacco Day (31st May 2009), Skyscanner takes a look at the best countries for non-smokers’ holidays and also those countries where smokers can still find a safe haven.The public smoking bans which have now been adopted by many countries in Europe, have almost certainly reduced levels of smoking, but not all countries have adopted the new regulations.In Switzerland for example, a country generally considered to be health conscious, it’s still possible to smoke in bars and restaurants. Likewise Austria has not fully implemented the ban, meaning you can still light up in many bars there. Many countries in Eastern Europe, such as Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Bosnia are also still safe havens for smokers.The small island nation of Malta currently has the lowest rate of smokers according to the WHO, with just 9% of the population lighting up on a regular basis. At the other end of the scale, almost half (48%) of the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina are smokers.Globally, the lowest rates of smoking are typically found in the least developed countries and the highest are found in the former Soviet Republics, followed by Central and Northern Europe.Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director commented:“Now that we’ve got used to the public smoking ban here in the UK, most holidaying non-smokers won’t want to go to restaurants and bars where smoking is still permitted. This is likely to have some influence on the selection of travel destinations, especially for families. On the flip side, smokers may well favour countries that still permit smoking in public places, although these are becoming fewer and fewer in Europe.”Smokeless Zones: best countries for non-smokers1. Malta (9%)2. Moldova (17%)3. Sweden (18%)4. Portugal (21%)5. Romania (21%)6. Iceland (22%)7. Finland (23%)8. Czech Republic (24%)9. Italy (24%)10. Slovenia (24%)Smokey Zones: best countries for smokers1. Bosnia and Herzegovina (48%)2. Serbia (47%)3. Albania (39%)4. Greece (38%)5. Germany (37%)6. Russia (36%)7. Macedonia (36%)8. Bulgaria (36%)9. Andorra (36%)10. Turkey (35%)Prevalence of smoking adults aged 15 and over. Statistics from British Heart Foundation.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSmokeless Zones: best “smoking” and smoke-free destinationsSmokeless Zones: best “smoking” and smoke-free destinationsBosnia and Herzegovina: Hidden CountriesA Balkan country better known for bomb sites and bullet holes than holidaysTo eurozone or not to eurozone? Ask SkyscannerI’m a bit confused about the whole eurozone thinglast_img read more