Costa Cruises makes every effort to ensure that the smoking ban is respected on its ships. Smoking – cigarettes, cigars and pipes – is not permitted in all public areas inside the ship, with the exception of areas marked as "Cigar Lounge". Electronic cigarettes can be used only and exclusively in the cabins and areas marked as "Cigar Lounge". In the outdoor public areas, smoking is only allowed in the designated areas equipped with ashtrays. Please also note that smoking is not allowed inside the cabins but only outdoors on private balconies. In order to avoid the danger of fires, it is very important to always put out and throw cigarettes in the appropriate ashtrays and never throw them lit from the ship. We also point out that on board the Costa Mediterranea and Costa Victoria ships there are no internal public areas for smokers.