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Term --FCTC-Based Definition Latvia
Workplace View Definition

An area, permanent or temporary, in which a person performs duties of employment or work, regardless of whether the work is done for compensation or on a voluntary basis, and includes private offices, common areas and any other area which generally is used or frequented during the course of employment or work. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 20)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The law does not contain a definition of “workplace.” 

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should contain a definition of “workplace” in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines and make clear that smoking is prohibited in all indoor workplaces.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public Transport View Definition

Any vehicle used for the carriage of members of the public, usually for reward or commercial gain. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 22)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The law does not contain a definition of “public transport.” 

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should contain a definition of “public transport” in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Second Hand Smoke (or similar term) View Definition

The smoke emitted from the burning end of a cigarette or from other tobacco products usually in combination with the smoke exhaled by the smoker. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 15)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The law does not contain a definition of “second hand smoke.” However, a definition in the law is not strictly necessary because the law prohibits or restricts “smoking” in certain places, rather than prohibiting “exposure to second hand smoke.”

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Smoking or Smoke View Definition

Being in possession or control of a lit tobacco product regardless of whether the smoke is being actively inhaled or exhaled. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 17)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “smoking” aligns with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public Place View Definition

An area, permanent or temporary, that is accessible to the general public or for collective use by the general public regardless of ownership or right of access. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 18)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The definitions of “public building or structure” and “public premises” do not align with the definition of “public place” provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it excludes temporary structures and is limited to areas that are open to many persons of the general public.

To align with the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, a definition of “public place” should be provided in accordance with the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines definition.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Tobacco Product View Definition

Any product entirely or partly made of the leaf tobacco as a raw material which is manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing, or snuffing. (FCTC Art. 1(f))

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The definition of “tobacco product” contained in the law aligns with the definition provided in FCTC Art.  1(f) by covering any product made entirely or partly of tobacco.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Indoor or Enclosed View Definition

Any space covered by a roof or enclosed by one or more walls or sides, regardless of the type of material used for the roof, walls or sides, and regardless of whether the structure is permanent or temporary. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 19)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The law does not contain a definition of “indoor” or “enclosed.” The failure to define “enclosed” may impede enforcement of the law.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should contain a definition of “indoor” or “enclosed” in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Latvia
All indoor workplaces
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in a list of specified places that includes most workplaces and public places. However, “premises designated for smoking” are permitted in several places, including prisons, hotel guest rooms, casinos, games rooms, and departure halls of international airports. As a result of these exemptions, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All indoor public places
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in a list of specified places that includes most workplaces and public places. However, “premises designated for smoking” are permitted in several places, including prisons, casinos, games rooms, and departure halls of international airports. As a result of these exemptions, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all indoor public places.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All public transport
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in the main common areas, cabs and cabins of public vehicles, taxis, and passenger ships. Long-distance trains and passenger ships may have separate smoking cars or cabins. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given. 

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all public transport. 

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Government facilities
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in public buildings, structures and public premises. Although the law permits that “areas” be specially designated for smoking, the definition of “area specially designated for smoking” indicates that these areas must be outside. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in government facilities.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to government facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Private offices
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in a list of specified places that includes most workplaces and public premises. Although private offices aren’t specifically listed, smoking is prohibited in “work areas and common areas” of workplaces. This provision is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in private offices.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to private offices. For greater clarity, the law should define the term “workplace” in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hospitals
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking anywhere on the premises of healthcare institutions. Although the law permits that “areas” be specially designated for smoking, the definition of “area specially designated for smoking” indicates that these areas must be outside.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to hospitals.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Residential healthcare facilities - public areas
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in healthcare institutions, rehabilitation institutions, and their premises. Although the law permits that “areas” be specially designated for smoking, the definition of “area specially designated for smoking” indicates that these areas must be outside.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public areas of residential healthcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Non-residential healthcare facilities
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in healthcare institutions, rehabilitation institutions, and their premises. Although the law permits that “areas” be specially designated for smoking, the definition of “area specially designated for smoking” indicates that these areas must be outside.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to non-residential healthcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Childcare facilities/preschools
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking anywhere on the premises of educational or social care institutions, children’s recreation groups, and playgrounds.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to childcare facilities/preschools.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Primary and secondary schools
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking anywhere on the premises of educational institutions. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in primary and secondary schools.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to primary and secondary schools.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Universities/vocational facilities
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking anywhere on the premises of educational institutions. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in universities/vocational facilities.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to universities/vocational facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Shops
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in a list of specified places that includes most workplaces and public premises. Although shops aren’t specifically listed, smoking is prohibited in “work areas and common areas” and “any other public area not mentioned … in the presence of another person.” These provisions are interpreted as prohibiting smoking in shops.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to shops.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cultural facilities
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in most workplaces and public premises with a few exceptions that do not include cultural facilities.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to cultural facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Indoor stadium/arenas
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking during sports and other public events in stadiums and other similar areas.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to indoor stadiums/arenas.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Restaurants
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in cafes, restaurants, and other public food establishments.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to restaurants.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Bars/pubs/nightclubs
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in cafes, restaurants, and other public food establishments. This is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Casinos
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in casinos except in premises specifically designated for smoking or in in separate marked and partitioned premises that are intended for smoking. Smoking premises must comprise less than 50% of the common public premises. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all smoking in casinos.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hotels/lodging - public areas
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in a list of specified places that includes most workplaces and public premises. Although public areas of hotels/lodgings aren’t specifically listed, smoking is prohibited in “work areas and common areas” and “any other public area not mentioned … in the presence of another person.” These provisions are interpreted as prohibiting smoking in public areas of hotels.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public areas of hotels.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hotels/lodgings - guest rooms
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

While smoking is generally prohibited in guest rooms in hotels or lodging, the law permits specifically designated rooms in which smoking is permitted. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all guest rooms.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Prisons/detention facilities - public areas
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking on the premises of correctional institutions and territories used by these institutions, except for designated smoking premises. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all public areas of prisons/detention facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in the main common areas and cabins of public vehicles. However, long-distance trains are allowed to have separate smoking cars. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in trains, buses, and other shared ground transportation.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Taxis (for-hire vehicle)
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in taxis.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to taxis (for-hire vehicles).

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Commercial aircraft
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in the cabins of public vehicles. This is interpreted to include commercial aircraft. 

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to commercial aircraft.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Commercial watercraft
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in the main common areas and cabins of passenger ships. However, long-distance passenger ships are allowed to have designated smoking cabins. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in commercial watercraft.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in shelters at public transportation stops and on platforms. However, in international airports, areas designated for smoking are permitted in public departure halls behind safety control points. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should prohibit smoking in all public transport facilities, including airports.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Latvia
Does the law require any outdoor or quasi-outdoor spaces to be smoke free or restrict smoking in any way?
Yes
Yes
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Latvia
Post signs
Yes
Yes
Analysis

The law requires no smoking signs where smoking is prohibited that contain the text “[S]moking kills – quit now.”

Violations of the duty to post signs are punishable by a fine for individuals of 10 to 40 fine units (50 to 200 Euros), and a fine for legal entities of 40 to 70 fine units (200 to 350 Euros).

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in that it provides for a fine for failure to post signs. To more fully align, the drafters of the law should consider imposing increased fines for repeat violations and additional or alternative penalties such as license suspension or revocation.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Remove ashtrays
No
No
Analysis

The law does not impose a duty upon business owners, employers, or supervisors to remove ashtrays.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should impose a duty upon business owners, employers, or supervisors to remove ashtrays.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Steps to require a person to stop smoking (e.g., warn, discontinue service, call authorities)
No
No
Analysis

The law does not impose a duty to take steps to require a person to stop smoking.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should impose a duty on business owners, employers, and/or supervisors to take steps to require a person to stop smoking.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not to smoke where prohibited
Yes
Yes
Analysis

Individuals who smoke where prohibited are subject to a warning or a fine of up to 20 fine units (100 Euros).

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in that it provides for a fine for smoking where prohibited. To more fully align, the drafters of the law should consider imposing increased fines for repeat violations.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Other
Yes
Yes
Analysis

Providing smoking areas that do not comply with the law is punishable by a fine of 200 to 500 fine units (1,000 to 2,500 Euros).

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Latvia
Are sub-national jurisdictions permitted to have smoke-free laws?
No
No
Not Applicable
Not Applicable