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No Smoking in Milan

Milan has approved new widespread no smoking zones within the city, including a ban on smoking at bus stops, parks, sports stadiums and even cemeteries. Smoking outdoors will also be forbidden within ten feet of anyone who is not smoking. The objective of the city’s mayor is to improve air quality and completely ban smoking in all outdoor areas by 2025. The clean air legislation also includes a requirement for gas stations to install electric car-charging ports and the phasing out of diesel-powered heating systems. Italy has had a ban on smoking indoors since 2005, with some Italian cities invoking stricter local measures. Smoking is banned in the parks of Verona and Bolzano, but thus far Milan is unique among Italian cities to the extent that it has applied measures to improve its air quality and is now being viewed as a model for future Italian initiatives.