I totally agree, there is no need for smoking on platforms and concourse in the 21st Century. Other European countries have banned it, or at least restricted to a limited number of small areas, so why can't Switzerland? I restrict my travel on public transport as a result, forcing me to use my car (something Switzerland doesn't want me to do). If you are serious about providing the World's best public transport solution, then simply ban smoking and open up your railways to many more travellers. If you simply must allow people to smoke, provide an area that is well away from escalators/lifts/main public thoroughfares, and make the smoker feel awkward rather than the other way around.
I used to live in Tokyo. Japan is a country that's quite addicted to tabacco, but they managed to ban smoking in all public places in Tokyo, including train stations and streets. It's incredibly bothersome to wait around at the train stations here, especially with children. Smoking should be banned in all stations, period. Setup smoking rooms if necessary, for the minority who smoke and currently bother everyone else.
According to several medias, the SBB is going to experiment a total ban of smoking in several stations (including Basel, the worst as far as smoking is concerned, in my opinion)
Let's hope these experiments will be a success and will convert into a total ban in all areas of every station !
Had to sign up when I saw this article. Finally some action. I am appalled at the lack of respect for non smokers. Everywhere I go someone is smoking and without any regard whatsoever where they blow their smoke. Disgusting. Not sure why I am forced to inhale all these toxins. I am from Canada but Swiss citizen as well. Smoking is banned in major public spaces like this. Smoking is banned in restaurants. Its banned to be smoking within 9 m of a public facility. I get smokers have rights but if they want to breath in their toxins and litter cigarettes everywhere then so be it, but my goodness do it in designated spots and without encroaching on people who respect their health.
I just dont get why the heck this is even a trial. Its so common worldwide. Swiss standard for cleanliness everywhere yet polluted smoke and cig butts permissable. Go figure. And one of the best health care systems in the world yet without regard to its citizens health with no anti smoking campaigns at all.
I really hope this carries thru to an all out ban in all stations and tram stops.