In United States more and more realize harm of smoking and more and more tighten the screws of tobacco restrictions.
Statistics of tobacco consumption from 1960's in USA, Great Britain and Japan demonstrates that strict bans for tobacco are quite effective. In such a way, from 1960 to 2010 in Japan number of smokers has reduced from 81% to 38%, in Great Britain it has reduced from 61% to 22%. In USA has settled similar dynamic.
At present moment USA and Europe introduce additional ban for smoking in public places. And failure to comply with adopted laws implies significant penalties. So, for example, in case of first law violation infringer will have to pay penalty in amount of 250 USD, for further law infringements penalty amount may reach 5000 USD.
In Europe and USA persecutions on smokers also intensify steadily. In USA is being prepared new strict law draft that prohibits smoking almost in all public places. The active law that was adopted back in 1995 prohibits smoking in restaurants that have more than 35 places, in offices and even private companies which have more than three employees. In case of new law adoption smoking will be allowed only in specialized bars and night clubs.
Smoking Room in an Office
In New York state smoking is prohibited in bars, night clubs and restaurants from March 2003. Anti-smoking legislation has caused strong arguments in USA. Some bar owners told that their business suffers because of these laws; smokers have told that their rights are infringed but non-smokers were delighted.
No-smoking in restaurants
According to the law that was adopted in 2010 smoking is allowed in houses in specially equipped premises in public places, on open air.
Penalty for smokers is about 250-1000 USD (depends on legislation of specific state).
Couple years ago more than half of USA states have adopted laws that prohibit smoking in public places. Somewhere among such places are government agencies, medical, children and sport organizations, in many states - restaurants, cafes and bars, but in some states took a step further. For example, in New York under ban applied not only parks but also streets that are adjacent to it but famous Times-Square was declared zone free of smoking.
But the strictest laws for smokers are in California. There smoking is prohibited on all local beaches, not to say about other places. But in Illinois state smoker can go to jail for one year if he will smoke in his own car in presence of a child younger than eight years old and the owner of cafes who allowed smoking inside will have to pay up to 2500 USD.
No-smoking laws in different states
One of the biggest film studios - Walt Disney Studios (with headquarters in Burbank, California, United States) - took decision to exclude from its' films scenes where actors smoke. Most likely, filmmakers decided to do this because of results of recent researches of scientists from California University. Making analysis of 534 films released during the last years by Hollywood they have found scenes with smoking in three films out of four. According to the opinion of James Sargent such scenes in films is nothing but free advertising of tobacco products.