Geneva to ban smoking and dangerous dogs

Smoking will no longer be permitted in bars and restaurants or in administrative offices in Geneva, voters in the canton decided on Sunday.

This content was published on February 24, 2008

The decision makes Geneva the sixth Swiss canton to approve a smoking ban. The details of the law must now be worked out by the cantonal parliament.

The anti-smoking initiative was one of several local issues put before voters in Geneva.

They also approved an initiative to ban dangerous dogs. Fighting dogs will be forbidden altogether, and owners of dogs weighing more than 25 kg will need a permit to take them for a walk in public places.

On a third issue, they voted overwhelmingly to set up a constituent assembly which will revise Geneva's 160-year-old cantonal constitution.

However, a controversial initiative to introduce free public transport in the canton was rejected.

Voters all over Switzerland went to the polls on Sunday. Two of the issues up for vote – on tax reform and aircraft noise – were being decided on at national level, but voters were also faced with local issues affecting their own areas.

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