Spain enacts tough anti-smoking law
Madrid - Spain has introduced a tough anti-smoking law that prohibits lighting up in enclosed public places including bars, restaurants, discotheques, casinos, airports and even some outdoor spaces, in line with the European Union's strictest anti-smoking legislation.
Open-air children's playgrounds and access points to schools and hospitals are also smoke-free zones now, although hotels are allowed to reserve 30% of their rooms for smokers.
The law takes effect on Sunday and is likely to turn Spain - the EU's fourth-largest tobacco producer - from a cigarette-friendly land abounding with smoky bars and restaurants, into one of Europe's most stringently smoke-free.
By 2012, all of the EU's 27 member states should have banned smoking in enclosed zones.