Supermarkets flouting smoking law at border

4th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

5 January 2006, MADRID — Supermarkets on Spain's border with France are flouting the new law which prevents them from selling tobacco.

5 January 2006

MADRID — Supermarkets on Spain's border with France are flouting the new law which prevents them from selling tobacco.

They are taking advantage of French smokers who travel to Spain to bulk-buy cheaper cigarettes.

Spanish television showed pictures of supermarkets where the sales were taking place.

But the new law prevented film crews from recording the actual sales because under the legislation this would be seen as promoting tobacco.

The supermarkets face stiff fines of almost EUR 600,000 for flouting the law.

It comes a day after Spanish health minister Elena Salgado said many bars, restaurants and companies had complied with the new regulations.

Salgado told a press conference Spaniards "should be congratulated for respecting the health of others".

She said though more than 70 percent of Spaniards supported the new law, "many had doubts about whether it could be implemented".

The Workers Commission and the UGT, one of the biggest unions, said there had been no arguments in the workplace over the new law.

But they did add that many workers were still on holiday until next week, after Friday's Bank Holiday for Los Reyes de Magos – Epiphany.

But the Association of Kiosk Owners (KIASA), who can no longer sell cigarettes under the new legislation, is considering legal action over being prevented from trading.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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