Spain stubs out smoking in the workplace

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22 April 2005, MADRID - Spain's Socialist government approved a bill banning smoking from all public and private workplaces and tobacco-product advertising in all media.

22 April 2005

MADRID - Spain's Socialist government approved a bill banning smoking from all public and private workplaces and tobacco-product advertising in all media.

The Cabinet approved the final draft, which will be presented to parliament, where it is expected to be approved. Once passed, the law provides for stiff fines for those who flout the clampdown.

It also prohibits distribution of free samples of tobacco products and sponsorship of events by tobacco companies.

It raises the minimum age for buying tobacco from 16 to 18 and obliges larger bars and restaurants to set aside areas for smokers.

Observers said the legislation would probably would take effect on the first day of next year.

About 10 million Spaniards smoke, out of a population of some 43 million. Researchers say that if the smoking population were reduced by even 10 percent, deaths from cancer-related tobacco use would decline by about 5,000 per year.

"Tobacco use is one of the most serious public health problems we face and in our country is the major cause of preventable disease, disability and premature death," Deputy Prime Minister María Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said recently.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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