Smoking Bans in Geneva

Information on the 2008 ban on smoking in public places, including schools, bars and restaurants in the canton of Geneva...

Smoking restrictions throughout Switzerland are decided on a cantonal level and therefore vary from canton to canton.

The canton introduced a law in July 1, 2008 banning smoking in enclosed public places, including bars and restaurants.

Since 1 May 2010, smoking is banned throughout Switzerland in public and private premises accessible to the public or workplaces with more than one person. Smoking is also banned on public transport.

Smoking is permitted in separate smoking rooms, outdoors and in private homes.

Non-compliance will result in a fine of CHF 100-1,000 for the violator as well as a fine of CHF 100-10,000 for the person responsible for the establishment at which the violation occurred. Repeat offenders will be subject to higher fines.

Note: Aspects of this law may be under review.