Tough fines to crackdown on smoking in public
3 March 2005, MADRID-Smokers who light-up in non-smoking areas could be fined up to EUR 600 under a new law.
3 March 2005
MADRID-Smokers who light-up in non-smoking areas could be fined up to EUR 600 under a new law.
The draft bill of the new Anti-Smoking Law, to be introduced next year, includes provisions to fine smokers who break regulations.
The new law will ban smoking in public places including offices, public transport, and hotels and restaurants which have a floor space of less than 100sqm.
If smokers light up and ignore the law, they could face fines from EUR 600.
The new law will also apply to those under 18, though minors are more likely to face 're-education' programmes.
The Spanish Ministry of Health said individuals would be fined in cases which made common sense.
But it was still not clear how these fines could be implemented.
The cabinet of the current Socialist government has passed the bill and it will now be considered by the Council of State for the report stage, in which modifications are likely to be introduced.
Restaurant, bar owners or commercial distributors will not be allowed to clearly show advertisements for cigarettes. Also the sale of cigarettes will be closely restricted.
They could be fined between EUR 600-10,000 for allowing people to smoke in public places or to sell cigarettes there.
For selling cigarettes to minors or promoting cigarettes in public places, they could be fined between EUR 10,000 to EUR 1 million.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish new