The doom and gloom merchants said it would never work, and that cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs would close. They were wrong. Most venues in fact thrive.
What has made the law work – in our opinion – is the simple fact that the responsibility for policing it falls on the shoulders of venue owners, for it is they who get fined, not individual smokers. No need for the actual police or consumer protection authorities to interfere. By and large the law has been immaculately respected, although a certain few places (not least Bucharest’s high-end clubs) still consider themselves to be above it all and permit smoking very late at night/early the next morning.
The ban on smoking has been one of the best things to happen to Romania for years. Here’s to our health, and yours.