Spanish smoking ban takes effect in bars and restaurants

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Smokers in many European countries must now go outside to have a cigarette.
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A ban on smoking in public places has gone into force in Spain today. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs will now be smoke-free across the country.

The Spanish government had introduced voluntary regulations on smoking in 2006 which allowed for venues to ban smoking, but few chose to do so. The 2006 law also banned smoking at workplaces.

Spain now joins Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy in banning smoking in enclosed public places.

Leire Pajin, the Spanish health minister, said the law marked "a decisive step in the defence of the health of the Spanish people", but some industry representatives have expressed concern that business will go down following the ban.


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