Spanish deputies accept smoke-free world

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2 September 2004, MADRID - Deputies and staff of Spain's parliament returned from holiday to find a smoking ban had gone into effect and took it, for the most part, in their strides, it was reported Thursday.

2 September 2004

MADRID - Deputies and staff of Spain's parliament returned from holiday to find a smoking ban had gone into effect and took it, for the most part, in their strides, it was reported Thursday.

Among those most pleased with the measure is the official parliamentary physician, Pedro Gorgolas, who has spent 14 years advising members to quit smoking.

He said he has provided those working in parliamentary buildings treatment with patches and other nicotine substitutes.

The problem, according to some smokers, is that the designated "smoking areas" - a corner of the bar and a narrow hallway - are small and insufficient.

A third option is the courtyard separating the chamber from annexes built recently nearby, and it was there that nearly all the "diehards" flocked for their "fix".

They complained, though, of a lack of ashtrays, of which there was only one.

The wish to set a good example was one of the reasons nearly everyone gave for accepting the measure, which the lower house passed in June after several years of rejecting similar initiatives.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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