Under a relatively recent law, the sale of tobacco products is a state monopoly. Since July 1, 2013, cigarettes may only be sold in special tobacco shops that have won the state concession. This regulation is quite similar to that in Austria, but is even stricter, since on the one hand the number of tobacco shops is lower and on the other hand the law does not recognize any exceptions. It is therefore not possible to buy cigarettes in gastronomic establishments or gas stations either.
As a result, there are significantly fewer points of sale than before. It is of course not difficult to find a tobacco shop in downtown Budapest, but you should find out beforehand in the outskirts or in the countryside. On the following MAP you can find the nearest tobacco shop.
In addition to tobacco products, shops are allowed to sell ice cream, alcoholic and soft drinks, coffee and newspapers, among other things. Young people under 18 are not only prohibited from buying tobacco products, but also from entering the shops.
Look for this logo when you need tobacco products
Once you have cigarettes, the next task is to find a place where you can smoke. You can forget about restaurants and pubs. Smoking is strictly forbidden in all public facilities. But not only there. A distance of 5 meters from the entrance must also be maintained. (Also, for example, on the terrace of a café.)
In addition, smoking is not permitted in public transport stops or in pedestrian underpasses. At the train stations only at the places marked for this purpose.
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