Three quarters of bars ignore law against smoking

14th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 September 2006, MADRID — Only a quarter of bars have complied with the law against smoking in public places, a panel of experts said on Thursday.

14 September 2006

MADRID — Only a quarter of bars have complied with the law against smoking in public places, a panel of experts said on Thursday.

These 15,000 bars or restaurants which are larger than 100 square metres have provided areas for non-smokers.

But the rest have ignored the law which came in on 1 January.

Rodrigo Cordoba, president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking (CPNT), said the catering industry was the worst offender against the law.

Most bars which are smaller than 100sqm, which have the choice whether to permit smoking or ban it, have opted to let smokers light up while they eat or have a drink.

Those which have decided to do something about smoking have only provided tiny areas, said Cordoba.

But the CPNT, which is made up of medical and health associations, said at least some had made an effort compared with the situation this time last year.

Of these smaller bars or restaurants, the worst offenders have been found in Madrid, Castilla y Leon and the Basque Country.

Hotels and franchised restaurants appear to be complying with the law better, said Cordoba.

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Subject: Spanish news

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