Spain extends smoking ban4th September 2006
Spain has extended its restrictions on smoking by introducing a partial ban in restaurants and bars. Outlets selling food and drink have been obliged to set up designated smoking and no smoking zones.
Smoking is blamed for some 50,000 deaths in Spain each year and surveys show that about 30% of Spaniards smoke. A government-sponsored opinion poll released last year showed that more than 70% of respondents backed the ban.
Smoking has been banned on public transport, in public places, and offices in Spain since 1 January. Businesses occupying more than 100sq m are now obliged by law to set up a separate smoking area, and smaller premises must indicate whether they are smoke-free.
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Title: Spain extends smoking ban
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 728
Date Added: 4th Sep 2006