• Smoking Prohibited in all bars and restaurants, though some owners turn a blind eye and Cyprus hasn’t adopted the antismoking mentality as strongly as the UK or US. That said, a smoking bill in February 2017 bans smoking in all work areas, schools and playgrounds in the South, North Cyprus is still marginally more lax. Hotels throughout the island have nonsmoking rooms. E-cigarettes face similar restrictions to tobacco in the South but are accepted more readily in the North.