Belgian cafes flout smoking rules
20 January 2005
BRUSSELS – Belgium’s cafes, hotels and restaurants are regularly flouting anti-smoking laws, inspections have revealed.
According to the federal agency for the food industry, 43 percent of 6,116 premises inspected last year were breaking the rules.
Public health minister Rudy Demotte has pledged more inspections as a result.
Restaurants and cafes that are larger than 50 square metres must provide a non-smoking area taking up at least half the floor space.
This area must been clearly defined and have a air-conditioning system in place to keep the air smokefree.
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Subject: Belgian news