Ventilation systems possible ‘solution’ to smoking ban
The health minister will present a research proposal during Friday’s cabinet meeting to investigate how ventilation systems could be used by the hospitality industry.
The Hague -- Hotels, restaurants and bars may return to pre-ban smoking policies depending on a proposed study of ventilation systems, reports the ANP and nu.nl.
Health minister Ab Klink will present the research proposal during Friday’s cabinet meeting.
If the study moves forward, policy makers could discern if ventilation systems would properly remove smoke -- and with it the danger of second-hand smoke -- from a cafe or bar.
Klink may then decide businesses with adequate ventilation systems would not be required to create separate smoking rooms. In other words, smoking would be allowed throughout the premises.
The minister announced two months ago that he intended to "repair" the current legislation governing smoking in hotels, restaurants and bars.
The government has claimed the aim of the legislation is to protect employees from the dangers of second-hand smoke inhalation; however, it has remained a controversial law in the Netherlands.
Since the ban was implemented in July 2008, the courts have ruled on two occasions that smoking was permissible in small cafes run by the owner without employees. The food and consumer product safety authority (VWA) suspended its spot checks on these small bars over the summer.
Klink emphasized to media sources that the smoking ban otherwise remains in force.
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