Seimas votes down ban on smoking on flats' balconies

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The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday voted down a proposal to ban smoking on balconies of multi-apartment buildings.

Thirty-seven members of the Seimas voted in favor of the proposed ban, 22 voted against it and 25 abstained.

The amendments to the Tobacco Control Law also called for imposing a ban of smoking within the radius of 10 meters from blocks of flats.

However, the parliament on Tuesday supported a proposal to abandon this regulation.

Police and local government officials have said that such regulations would be difficult to enforce.

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