Spain’s Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez announced Monday she plans to implement a total ban on smoking in public places.

Spain to introduce total smoking banIn 2006, Spain introduced a smoking ban in workplaces and public places larger than 100 square meters. Most bars and restaurants in Spain, however are rarely over 100 square meters.

This leaves only 40,000 establishments of the total 350,000 bars and restaurants actually smoke free or with separate areas for smokers.

55,000 people die from smoking-related diseases in Spain every year and, according to the Minister, 70% of the Spanish population are in favour of a total ban.

The other side of the highly debated issue, unveils how stricter bans will be bad for business potentially putting thousands of smaller bars and restaurants out of business.

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