Spain enacts tough anti-smoking law

2011-01-02 14:36

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.

  • Wes - 2011-01-02 14:56

    Good News for years non smokers have had to suffer

      jan.malherbe - 2011-01-02 17:29

      Do you live in Spain ?

  • mtisler - 2011-01-02 19:26

    Ja, but let anyone try to pass legislation regarding alcohol and watch all the anti-smoking Nazis go up in flames.

  • louwhan - 2011-01-02 20:16

    I live in Spain and will tell you that the timing with this European law sucks. Would like to see the effect this one is going to have on the unemployment queues. Country is lead by an idiot but the opposition is equally useless. Suppose a lot of bars etc. will be converted in private clubs.

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