Krakow’s Exposure to Cigarettes and Tobacco
Cigarette smoking seems pretty common among the residents of
Krakow. At the same time restrictions on smoking
in the city’s public areas, sometimes also in the open air,
are prevalent. Also, people may occasionally fume over
smoking in their presence, notably indoors.
Smoking or no smoking.
As it's in vogue throughout the European Union,
has also introduced a blanket ban on smoking in public places,
in force since November 15, 2010. So, smokers are forbidden
to indulge in their habit in many surroundings under law.
For instance, smoking at bus and tram stops in Krakow
carries the penalty of fine up to 500 zlotys, offenders
being hunted down by the municipal police. Obviously, the
same applies to
buses and trams.
Short guide to smoking in public in Poland.
One cannot light a cigarette in
venues for cultural and sporting
events, post offices, etc.
hotels in Krakow have non-smoking rooms as well
as smoking ones.
office buildings, and the like is either
prohibited altogether or restricted to
designated areas. It the latter case usually it’s a dark corner in the lobby,
few establishments boast the comfort of a smoking room
called ‘palarnia’ in Polish.
Travelling smokers should remember that smoking is
banned at train stations in Poland and anywhere aboard
trains except smoking cars called ‘wagon dla
palacych’. It’s advisable to book a seat in such a car when
one buys a ticket for a long-distance train. On the other
hand non-smokers should take care to get a seat in a
no-smoking car, i.e. ‘wagon dla niepalacych’.
Don’t light a cigarette while paying a visit unless there is
an ashtray on the table before you.
Smoking restrictions in Krakow.
The local law, enacted by the city council, also prohibits
smoking - as well as tobacco chewing - at bus and tram
stops, children playgrounds, and the big municipal parks.
The same ban applies to e-cigarettes and suchlike.
Dining out smoke-free
Restaurants in Krakow
don't allow smoking on the premises unless they contain
a separate smoking room. And when there is such an isolated
chamber, which isn't common, neither food nor drinks can be
Under the circumstances, most eateries in Krakow ban smoking
altogether. As few places clearly advertise their policies
on tobacco smoke it seems prudent to inquire in advance when
booking a table. Yet, as a rule of thumb, diners shouldn't
anticipate a puff at a cigarette or a pipe during their meal
Going out with a cigarette
Until recently non-smokers hardly ever were able to avoid
heavy passive smoking when enjoying the energetic
nightlife in Krakow. Now the city's nightspots,
from clubs to bars to
coffee houses, once notorious for dense veils of
cigarette smoke filling their interiors, have been declared
smoke-free zones. Under law, in any such establishment
smoking is legal solely in a secluded and well ventilated 'palarnia'
Note: Smoking in a nightclub, a pub, etc. is subject to a
fine of 500 zlotys (PLN).
Purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products in Krakow
You can buy
tobacco products, cigarettes in the first place, practically
everywhere in Krakow. They are available at ubiquitous
kiosks, liquor stores, supermarkets, and grocer's shops. On
average a twenty-cigarette pack costs an equivalent of about
International brands of cigarettes popular in Poland are
Marlboro, L&M, Golden American, Slims, Vogue, West, Pall
Mall, and Rothmans. Most popular Polish brands of cigarettes
are Caro, Fajrant, Jan III Sobieski, Iris, Mocne, Fox, Viva,
Mars, Carmen. Also available in Krakow are such cigarette
brands as ALBATROS, ARES, BOND STREET, BRILLIANT, CAMEL,
CHESTERFIELD, CRISTAL, DARK, DAVIDOFF, DOWNTOWN, DUNHILL,
EXTRA MOCNE, GAULOISES BLONDES, GROM, GROT, KLUBOWE,
KRESOWE, LD, LEVEL, LIVA, LUCKY STRIKE, MESKIE, MAIN, MEWA,
MOCNE, NEVADA, NEXT, PARAMOUNT, PARLIAMENT, POPULARNE,
POZNANSKIE, PRINCE, R 1, RED&WHITE, RAVEN, ROCKETS, RONSON,
ROUTE 66, ROYAL SAIL, SALEM, SHE, SPIKE, TIGER, VICEROY,
VIRGINIA, WALET, ZAWISZA, and ZUBR.
Poland’s sales amount to nearly seventy billion cigarettes.
Altria Group Inc. (formerly Philip Morris) has about 40
percent market share, followed by Imperial Tobacco with 17
percent or so, British American Tobacco and Scandinavian
Tobacco with some 15 percent each, and Altadis with nearly 8
percent. Most cigarettes sold in Poland, including
international brands, are produced in five Polish plants
owned by the multinationals mentioned above.
Legal smoking age is 18 in Poland. Selling cigarettes to
underage youths is a criminal offence.
Duty-free tobacco products.
You may bring your own supply of smoking stuff to Krakow
free of duty as long as you keep it to legal
limits. Allowances of tobacco from the UE are fairly
generous and they cover 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, and one
kilogram of pipe tobacco. Yet from outside the EU one may
legally bring free of duty either 200 cigarettes or 50
cigars or 0.25 kg of pipe tobacco.
Krakow is Poland’s mecca of gourmets thanks to its
many excellent restaurants.
There is no shortage of places to drink, eat, and stay
merry late into the night in Krakow.
what, and why a coffee addict may drink.
Good hotels in Krakow
Eating the Krakow Way
It is hearty indeed.
Drinking in Krakow
Shopping in Krakow