Almost all NS trains smoke-free
11 November 2003, AMSTERDAM — Most NS trains must be smoke-free by the end of November and the Dutch rail operator said on Tuesday that 70 percent of its trains already meet the new government regulations.
11 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — Most NS trains must be smoke-free by the end of November and the Dutch rail operator said on Tuesday that 70 percent of its trains already meet the new government regulations.
A spokeswoman also said that the rail operator will start to introduce the smoking ban in its train stations at the end of this month, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The NS also intends to introduce smoking areas at its train stations.
Anti-smoking regulations stipulate that trains and enclosed stations must be smoke-free from 1 January 2004 and the NS has been gradually removing or sealing ashtrays in its passenger carriages throughout this year and the tempo of change has started to intensify.
Due to the fact that a large number of trains have already become smoke-free, the NS started informing passengers last week about the changes because the rail operator wished to bring the changes to the attention of passengers.
And according to the NS, most passengers are adhering to the smoking ban on trains, with research indicating that of the 30 percent of passengers who smoke, about 50 percent of them no longer smoke while commuting.
Smoke regulations are not changing on international trains. Due to the fact that not all countries have the same smoking policies, passengers will still be able to smoke in designated carriages on Thalys and ICE international trains.
Dutch cafes, restaurants and hotels have been excluded from the smoking regulations, as were the nation's infamous coffee shops. But from 1 January, most workers in the Netherlands will have the right to a smoke-free workplace.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news