Cabinet agrees to smoking ban

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The hospitality industry will be subject to a smoking ban starting July next year. Smoking will still be permitted in coffeeshops, but sales must take place in a smoke-free room.

8 June 2007

THE HAGUE – The hospitality industry will be subject to a smoking ban starting July next year. Smoking will still be permitted in coffeeshops, but sales must take place in a smoke-free room.

The government approved a proposal to this end from Public Health Minister Ab Klink during its cabinet meeting on Friday.

Cafes, restaurants, and other venues may still be allowed to provide a screened off area where smokers are allowed to smoke, but no service may be allowed in those areas. Workers must be provided a non-smoking work environment.

The hospitality industry had proposed that a smoking ban only come into effect for restaurants next year, and that a full ban – including cafes and nightclubs – be postponed until 2011. But the cabinet has now agreed to introduce the ban throughout the industry at the same time.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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