Around the world, regulations on smoking range from nonexistent to fully prohibited by law and subject to heavy fines. However, recent media exposure and increasing national concern has led to a dramatic increase in anti-smoking legislation.
The EU has been toying with a union-wide smoking ban for a while now, although anti-smoking campaigns have pointed fingers at top EU officials' own pro-smoking practices.
Australia has a combination of federal and regional smoking bans in an overall movement towards more regulation. In addition to bans on smoking in most restuarants, shopping malls, health/government centers, and workplaces, bans on smoking at beaches are catching on.