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EU、職場の全面禁煙を検討中

EUObserver紙の報道です。

http://euobserver.com/9/27002

>Brussels wants EU-wide smoking ban in pubs and cafés

記事のタイトルは「パブ」と「カフェ」ですが(まあ、世間的にはそっちの方がマスコミ的関心が高いのでしょうが)、本ブログからすると、やはり重要なのは職場の禁煙です。

>The European Commission is planning to start consultations on a possible EU-wide ban on smoking in all work places, but any legislative proposal on the issue is unlikely to happen during the term of the current commission, the EU executive said on Monday (27 October).

"[EU social affairs] commissioner Vladimir Spidla would like to see a ban in all work places on smoking, for both health and safety reasons. At this very early stage of discussion, we are planning to consult social partners on this issue, meaning employers and trade unions," Chantal Hughes, a spokeswoman for Mr Spidla told journalists in Brussels.

職場の安全衛生という観点から、あらゆる職場における喫煙禁止措置について、労使団体への協議を行うことを検討している。んですが、現在の欧州委員の任期中ではなさそうです。

>She explained, however, that if Brussels were to have a legislative proposal on this topic, this would only occur after the next European Commission is appointed, which will be in autumn next year.

来年の秋に新たな欧州委員会が任命された後ということですね。

>The scope of the possible commission proposal has not been determined yet, but "clearly one of the areas we would like to see covered is bars, restaurants, pubs and so on, where workers are exposed on a daily basis to passive smoking," the spokeswoman added

で、バー、レストラン、パブなんかも対象にはいる、と。

>According to commission figures, smoking is "the single largest cause of avoidable death in the EU," accounting for over half a million deaths per year in the 27-member bloc alone, and over a million deaths in Europe as a whole.

Additionally, passive smoking kills some 80,000 people every year in the EU, and "it is estimated that 25 percent of all cancer deaths and 15 percent of all deaths [in the EU] could be attributed to smoking," Brussels says.

たばこで年間50万人も死んでいるんだぞ、受動喫煙で年間8万人も死んでいるんだぞ、と。

しばらくは積極的な動きはないでしょうが、今後の動向を注意深く見ていく必要があります。

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