Most Spaniards 'want to a place to smoke at work'

9th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 November 2005, MADRID — Almost 90 percent of Spaniards want their bosses to grant them somewhere to smoke while they are working, a survey has revealed.

9 November 2005

MADRID — Almost 90 percent of Spaniards want their bosses to grant them somewhere to smoke while they are working, a survey has revealed.

The survey by the Smokers Club for Tolerance (CFT), which campaigns against curbing smoking, claimed 89 percent of those asked said they wanted a smoking area at work.

This comes just weeks before the government's tough new anti-smoking law was due to come into action in January.

One part of the law stipulates that workers will no longer be able to smoke at work.

Alvaro Garrido, of CFT, said 72 percent of those asked said they believed it was "intolerant" to stop people smoking in some place at work.

Meanwhile, a separate report showed a dramatic rise in the number of low-cost cigarettes which were being bought by mainly young people and those on low-incomes.

Since January, sales of low cost cigarettes have risen 13 percent. Typically a packet costs as little as EUR 1.50.

The National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking (CNPT) claims the young and poor are being manipulated by the tobacco companies which get smokers hooked on this type of cigarettes.

They have called on the government to raise the minimum price of cigarettes – a measure which has cut levels of smoking in other countries.

But this is not covered by the new law.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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