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We would just like to bring to your attention that from the 15th November 2010 a new no smoking law came into force. From now on this smoking ban is extended to all public places and this includes hospitals, trains and buses, offices, restaurants and pubs, bus and tram stops, railway stations and airports, and lots more. Smoking in public places is allowed only in special zones created for smokers which you will have to look for. Restaurants will be for non smokers only if the establishment cannot provide a specially ventilated and separate room for smokers. The penalty for a smoker is a 500 zł fine, for the restaurant owner 2000 zł.
To help you find a restaurant or a club where smoking is allowed please look for this icon on our listing of restaurants, clubs and pubs. No sign means that the facility is a smokeless zone.
It has changed a lot since the good old bad days when everything had to be tipped. Today it is understood that you tip because the service was good, or you want to tip. Those receiving tips can consider it as a form of appreciation for their service. So if you were satisfied with the service leave a tip. However you have to bear in mind that catering staff, restaurants, clubs, etc are paid a very minimum wage. They are expected to make tips and most of them understand that good service will bring in tips bad will not. So if you think it was worth it, add 10% to the bill as a tip and try to pay it cash to your waiter or waitress. If the service and atmosphere has been very good you can even add more. When paying for a taxi, round up the bill, it saves hunting for change. Generally taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped. So if you do the driver will be surprised, and happy.