Protest against smoking ban

9th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Foundation for Smokers' Interests has started a national petition against the impending smoking ban in cafes. The campaign was officially launched in Amsterdam on Sunday, a spokesperson for the foundation has announced.

9 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Foundation for Smokers' Interests has started a national petition against the impending smoking ban in cafes. The campaign was officially launched in Amsterdam on Sunday, a spokesperson for the foundation has announced.

The cabinet recently decided that a smoking ban will come into effect in the hospitality industry from July 2008. The organisation for smokers opposes this decision. "The ban is inconvenient both for café patrons who would like to smoke, and café owners. Research shows that they will get 15 percent fewer patrons because of the smoking ban," says a spokesperson for the foundation.

The foundation has gathered 15,000 signatures over the past two weeks. The lists were distributed among 190 tobacconists in the capital. "We started a lightning action in Amsterdam. Now we will be focusing on the rest of the country," the spokesperson said. The aim is to gather 300,000 signatures.

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Subject: Dutch news

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