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ALL ITALIAN DOMESTIC TRAINS NON-SMOKING EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 12

ALL ITALIAN DOMESTIC TRAINS NON-SMOKING EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 12

Old Nov 22nd, 2004, 12:38 PM
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ALL ITALIAN DOMESTIC TRAINS NON-SMOKING EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 12

Trenitalia has announced that, effective December 12 of this year, all of its trains in wholly domestic service (i.e. excluding Eurocity (EC) Eurocity Night (EN), Artesia and Cisalpino (CIS) trains) will be entirely NON SMOKING, in all railcars and in both classes of service.

Eurostar Italia (ES) trains were already totally non-smoking effective last March. Local trains and Intercity Night (ICN) trains were totally non smoking even earlier. Now the smoking ban is extended to all Intercity (IC) trains, and there will no longer be one railcar in each class of service dedicated to smokers.

Trenitalia had promised to make IC trains TOTALLY smoke-free by 2005. They've jumped the gun by several weeks.

NO MORE SMOKING, EVER AGAIN!!!!!

BEWARE: the smoking ban does not yet affect Eurocity (EC) trains such as the Michelangelo between Rome and Munich (which travels within Italy for eight hours all the way to the Brenner Pass). EC trains are not subject to exclusive Italian regulations.
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Is this the sort of thing that will be honored more in the breach than in the observance? How has it been working with local and ES trains so far?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2004, 10:35 AM
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The prohibition against smoking seems to be working very well on ES trains and "restyled" IC trains configured like the ES.

On Local trains, sometimes travellers will smoke in the vestibule area next to the main entrance doors, which is a small enclosed section separated from the main passenger area by an interior swinging glass door. When the swinging door opens, puffs of smoke can enter the passenger cabin at its extremities. I have observed this happen, inconsistently, on a couple of local trains. The transgressors are often "rough" looking types or men in their twenties.

Recommendation: on local trains, stay away from the swinging glass doors at either end of the railcar, and seat yourself in the middle of the cabin.
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The total non-smoking ban takes effect this Sunday.
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Trenitalia has now announced on its website that smoking will be banned as well on all international trains travelling within Italian territory, even in areas marked for smokers.

Hence, if travelling from Munich to Rome on the EC train "Michelangelo), smoking will be banned south of the Brenner Pass. The same rule now applies to international trains coming from or going to France, Switzerland, Austria or Slovenia.

Smoking will also be banned on all Euronight (EN) trains and on the Cisalpino and Artesia trains within Italian territory.

And who says that crossing a national boundary within the EEC no longer has any significance??????
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