Smoking ban faces big test as Spain returns to work
2 January 2006, MADRID — The new law banning smoking in almost all public places faces its biggest test as the country returns to work.
2 January 2006
MADRID — The new law banning smoking in almost all public places faces its biggest test as the country returns to work.
The law, which came into effect on 1 January, makes it illegal to smoke in the workplace.
Bars and restaurants over 100 square metres have to provide non-smoking areas.
Those smaller bars have to decide if they will allow smoking or not. All must show signs saying if they will allow people to light-up or not.
The number of places where people can buy tobacco will be cut by 40 percent with cigarettes and cigars on sale only at controlled vending machines and tobacconists.
There is no public funding for health courses to help smokers give up, which has been one of the most controversial points of the new law.
The under 18s cannot buy or sell tobacco, or products which may encourage them to smoke.
The new law also bans any form of tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship.
But motor sport sponsorship will be allowed to continue for another three years.
Fines will be imposed for those who break the law ranging from EUR 30 to EUR 600,000.
Opinion polls have found though 77 percent of Spaniards are in favour of the law, 69 percent think it will be hard to enforce.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news