Spain considering stricter anti-smoking laws, complete ban likely

Anti-smoking laws in Spain will be made stricter and a complete ban will be imposed on smoking in all restaurants and bars. As of now, smoking is allowed in many establishments.

The Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez said in a statement today that she will try and put the bill on such a ban before the parliament early next year. She added that similar laws exist in other countries and such laws have not had any negative effects on the country’s economy or business.

According to Spain’s 2006 anti-smoking law, smoking is prohibited at workplaces. The law though, permits smoking in bars of area less than 1100 square feet and restaurants having bigger floor spaces with special zones adapted for smoking.

The Spanish economy is undergoing an economic crisis at present and the Spanish Hostelry Federation has claimed that the proposed law could lead to losses amounting to 11 billion euro annually.

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