Smoking to be outlawed at work

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2 November 2004, MADRID-The Spanish government is preparing a new bill to limit smoking at work, the health minister said on Tuesday.

2 November 2004

MADRID-The Spanish government is preparing a new bill to limit smoking at work, the health minister said on Tuesday.

Elena Salgado said the government will create public debate about the issue and hopes to reach a "social consensus".

The new law will also limit sales of cigarettes and include measures to limit advertising featuring smoking. 

Salgado said the government wants to discourage smoking and to discourage teenagers taking up the habit.

On average, people start smoking in Spain at 13.

Another aim of the new legislation will be to help people give-up smoking and develop public places without smoke.

Eventually, the government hopes to persuade people smoking is anti-social..

Salgado has stopped smoking in the department of health itself to initiate the changes which will be introduced in other workplaces.

Health centres and administrative buildings will also be included in this move and other public building will follow in the coming months.

According to the latest survey, carried out in 2001, 31.7 percent of Spaniards smoke.

The number has fallen slightly compared with eight years before when a survey found 32.1 percent of the population were smokers.

Between the ages of 16-25, the percentage of women who smoke was 36.9 percent – higher than the figure for men, which is 35 percent.

Smoking is still the principal cause of ill-health in Spain, where 56,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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