Pat Hyland - Oct 18, 2010

Travelers looking for smoke-free holidays don’t have to be afraid – there are several countries fervently fighting against all tobacco products. brings the top 5 destinations ideal for all non-smoking tourists according to Skyscanner.


Icelandic bars, restaurants, and pubs are a perfect choice for travelers seeking smoke-free environment since smoking and other use of tobacco is banned in all enclosed public spaces.  The local law also includes all public land that is to be used by kids, so families on holiday there can look forward to clear air (if only the smoking ban applied to volcanoes as well).


Ireland has been one of the leaders in campaigning against tobacco. It was the first country in the world that enacted an absolute ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces. The ban naturally applies to all clubs, bars, restaurants and pubs.


Smoking in enclosed public spaces is banned throughout the whole country so Australia is another perfect destination for anti-smoking tourists. Destructive bushfires are often caused by lit cigarettes and thus it is no surprise that the authorities fight against smoking quite zealously.


Canada has been a smoke-free zone for several years now. Visitors seeking some clear air thus don’t have to be afraid to explore the local bars and restaurants. Moreover, in some provinces the shop owners even have to keep tobacco out of sight of customers.


Smoking ban applying to all cafes, restaurants and bars was enforced in Norway back in 2004. Perhaps as a result of the policy the number of smokers has steadily declined over the last years. What remains popular especially among young men here however is a type of oral tobacco called 'snus'.

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  1. Barbados will be issuing smoke free bands in all public places come October 2010.

    Mary Marshall (Barbados)
  2. Just back from 2 weeks in Paris.
    Forget about traffic fumes - with the banning of smoking in bars, restaurants & public buildings you now find that the outdoor cafes and sidewalks are full of smokers and the air is thick with the smell of smoke.

    Also very noticeable is the large numbers of young women smoking - when will they ever learn!

    Kerry Guy (France)
  3. Malta like many other EU countries is also smoke free in pubs, restaurants, offices, airports or any other indoor public areas. I do not understand why you article only mentions 5 destinations.

    Mark Ransley (Malta)
  4. Yes Ireland is still dining out on being hailed as \\\'world leaders\\\' for being the first country in Europe to bring in a smoking ban, with the resultant loss of thousands of jobs, over two thousand pub closures while tourism is down by 20% in the past year.
    Ireland is now \\\'world leaders\\\' in the race to the bottom of world recession because, just like the enforced EU smoking ban that we accepted without a murmer, we are now following suit in accepting more EU diktak by bailing out their banker and international invester buddies without a whimper.
    There seems to be a parallet here in being the good little soldiers for our EU masters in enforcing EU didktat, while the French and the Greeks show their disdain by giving the finger to the ban and its ensuing enforcements.
    Thanks for the info on the five countries enforcing the smoking ban.
    Because they will be four countries to put on my hit list of countries I\\\'ll NEVER SET FOOT IN.

    brendan chambers (Ireland)
  5. Thanks for the info. I will never visit these countries. After 20 years visiting Ireland enjoying the people and pubs, I have not been there since right after the smoke ban. Standing outside in the cold and rain with all the other outcasts is not my idea of an enjoyable vacation. I get enough of that in the US.

    pat herron (USA)
  6. Fantastic to see this webpage... but why is Hawaii not listed?
    Hawaii is a great destination for the non-smoking tourist.
    Many smokers have commented online that they are never going to Hawaii again because of the restrictions on smoking... all the better for us non-smokers!

    PETER (Australia)
  7. I am a non smoker from Australia, so appreciate the strict anti smoking laws we have. I recently spent 5 days in Bali with my sister (also a non smoker), and we were shocked at the lax smoking laws! For us it was awful and we wouldn’t return unless we could find a more suitable location to stay.
    However, for those who are happy in a cigarette environment, then, until things change, Bali and probably other Asian countries would be worth visiting.

    Catherine (Australia)
  8. Hawaii and New Zealand are going smoke free, not just inside but also outside. There is no place in an educated society for smokers. Every human being has the right to be able to breathe clean air. If smokers want to commit suicide in their own homes, fine. Since cigarettes are the only drug addiction that kills non users, it should be banned.

    Lisa Begley (USA)

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