Smoke-free stations with smoking areas near entrances and on platforms.

Since 1 June 2019, the ‘Smoke-free stations with smoking areas near entrances and on platforms’ industry solution has gradually been introduced at all stations in Switzerland.

At all stations in Switzerland, smoking is only allowed around ashtrays at station entrances and in smoking areas on platforms. The ashtray stands indicate the smoking area on the platform. The decision not to put any markings on the platform floor serves as a sign of respect, tolerance and ‘togetherness’. This nationwide industry solution considers the needs of non-smokers and smokers alike.

On 1 November 2019, around 1,000 stations and stops were provided with smoking areas. The remainder will also have been converted by the end of 2020. Six railway companies in Switzerland have already made all their stops and stations smoke-free (BLS, SBB, SOB, TPF, ZB). Next year, others such as RhB and MGB will be doing the same.

A trial in 2018 showed that 75 percent of all respondents were not satisfied with the existing smoking regulations and desired a change. The new regulation increases customer safety and the quality of their visit, reduces the amount of litter produced by cigarettes and similar products in railway facilities and thus cuts cleaning costs for transport companies.

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