Health minister wants e-cig exemption to blanket public smoking ban

Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček is currently preparing draft legislation that would impose a blanket ban on smoking in public places, reports Novinky.cz. The legislation, to be readied by December at the latest, would come into effect as of 2016 if approved by parliament. One notable exception is that as presently conceived, an exception would be made for use of electronic cigarettes in places such as pubs and restaurants.