Spain - the harshest on smokers

Photo: Pho­to: In­ter­net Huge fines for smok­ers in Spain.

As of 2 Jan­u­ary, one of the most strin­gent an­ti-smok­ing laws took ef­fect in Spain ban­ning smok­ers to light a cigarette even in the open-air spa­ces such as chil­dren's play­grounds, school yards and near hos­pi­tals, BTA an­nounced.

As of 2 Jan­u­ary, one of the most strin­gent an­ti-smok­ing laws took ef­fect in Spain ban­ning smok­ers to light a cigarette even in the open-air spa­ces such as chil­dren's play­grounds, school yards and near hos­pi­tals, BTA an­nounced. Health Min­is­ter Lei­re Pa­jin jus­ti­fied the de­ci­sion  point­ing at sta­tis­tics that more than 70% of Spain's pop­u­la­tion are non-smok­ers.
Smok­ing is al­so pro­hib­it­ed in bars, res­tau­rants, dis­cos, ca­si­nos and at air­ports. Ho­tels are al­lowed to re­serve 30% of their rooms for smok­ers. Those who in­fringe the law will pay huge fines - from €30 to as much as €600,000. By 2012 all of the EU's 27 mem­ber states should have banned smok­ing in en­closed ar­e­as.
How­e­ver, the Span­ish Ho­tel and Ca­ter­ing As­so­ci­a­tion es­ti­mates the ban may lead to the loss of 350,000 jobs as many Span­iards will opt to stay at home rath­er than re­frain from smok­ing in bars.
Last month, Mad­rid raised ex­cise du­ties on to­bac­co pro­ducts seek­ing to in­crease budg­et rev­e­nue by €780m a year.

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