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Anti-smoking bill to go before parliament in autumn

A draft law prohibiting smoking in all Hungarian schools and health institutions is expected to go before parliament this autumn, Government Commissioner for Public Health Mihály Kökény announced on Thursday. The anti-smoking law, if passed by parliament, will come into force next January and might even include a ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants, Kökény said. In Hungary 34 % of the adult population are regular smokers, and the ratio indicates an upward tendency. Hungary, with a population of 10 million, ranks sixth in the world in terms of cigarettes smoked per capita and as many as 28,000 people die each year of coronary problems and lung cancer caused by smoking.