Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto has imposed a tobacco-smoking ban on the ministry’s properties and on those of Hungarian embassies around the world, according to a Xinhua News Agency story citing an ‘official’ speaking in Budapest on Saturday.

‘Smoking is henceforth prohibited in all of the locals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,’ the Hungarian official journal reportedly announced. ‘The ban concerns all of the real estates falling under the management of the ministry, may it be owned or rented, in Hungary or abroad, such as embassies.’

The new measure bans also the designated, enclosed smoking areas, that have been in use up to now. Smokers will be allowed to smoke only outside, on the streets.

The directive does not stipulate how often employees can break from their work to smoke a cigarette.

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