Hungary - Amendment to law protecting non-smokers

An amendment to Act XLII of 1999 on the Protection of Non-Smokers and Certain Regulations on the Consumption and Distribution of Tobacco Products was passed by the Hungarian Parliament on 26 April 2011.

According to the amendment, by 1 January 2012 smoking will be prohibited on all public transportation and in all enclosed public places, including workplaces, bars and restaurants. Smoking will also be banned in public education, childcare and health-care institutions; designated areas for smokers will be forbidden both indoors and outdoors at these facilities. Fines for non-compliance with regulations of the Act have been increased.

In response to this amendment, a Government Order is needed to regulate the publication of pictorial health warnings on all tobacco product packaging.

More information is available from Tibor Demjén, tobacco control focal point, National Institute for Health Development (

The text of the amendment is available (in Hungarian) at the following address: