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Tough new smoking law for Spain

Published 03/01/2011 | 05:00

Spain has brought into force an anti-smoking law that is likely to turn the EU's fourth largest tobacco producer into one of Europe's most stringently smokeless.

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The law prohibits lighting up in enclosed public places, although hotels are allowed to reserve 30pc of their rooms for smokers. In a particularly tough measure, outside smoking is banned in open-air children's playgrounds -- even those inside parks -- and at access points to schools and hospitals.

Parliament approved an anti-smoking law in 2006 that prohibited smoking in the workplace but allowed bar and restaurant owners to decide whether to allow smoking or not -- almost all permitted it.

Critics called that law a failure. Health Minister Leire Pajin said 50,000 people died each year in Spain as a result of smoking-related illnesses, with 1,200 of those being non smokers.

Irish Independent

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