The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Passive smoking under fire when Swiss head to the polls


GENEVA (AFP) - Switzerland is deeply divided ahead of a vote on Sunday on whether to beef up a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and public spaces, with supporters stressing the health benefits of less second-hand smoke and opponents decrying a "witch-hunt".

Sitting on the terrace of a Geneva cafe, enjoying a smoke in the early autumn sun, court clerk Isabelle Calapez told AFP she was "totally opposed" to the expanded ban.

"They have already banned us from smoking in public places. Soon they will even ban us from smoking in our apartments," she said.

And she is not alone.