in to Inspect
It is now illegal
to smoke in almost all public places, except for in the home, the street, and
some bars, after the new anti-smoking law came into effect on 1st January
The first draft bill for the law was approved by Congress’s Health
Commission in October 2005. The bill received its definitive approval from the
Lower Chamber in December, after one hundred amendments were made by the Upper
Chamber, the Spanish Senate.
The law has eight basic points:
Owners of bars and restaurants of less than 100 sq metres can decide if they
want to allow smoking inside or not, and must clearly indicate that at the
entrance. Larger premises must have a separate smoking area, which must be no
larger than 30% of the premises, or a maximum of 300 sq metres. This point also
applies to premises used for weddings or other social events.
points of sale are reduced by up to 40%. Sales are only permitted in vending
machines and in tobacconists.
3) There is no public funding for therapies
to help smokers give up, a point which has divided a large part of the medical
4) The under 18s cannot buy or sell tobacco, or products
which may encourage them to smoke – for example, chocolate
5) Smoking is not allowed in the workplace, nor are special
smoking areas or smoking rooms permitted at the place of work.
6) The new
legislation bans any form of tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship.
Motor sport sponsorship will be allowed to continue for another three
7) Fines will be imposed for any non-compliance with the law: from
600 to 600,000 euros.
8) The law does not include any increase in the
price of tobacco. That is the responsibility of the tax department, who say that
they will be increasing taxes on tobacco.
Most of Spain is back at work
today and it has been a common site to see smokers at the doors of companies
having a cigarette. The Ministry for Health has also reminded companies today
that they are not allowed to set up a room for smokers inside their
Minister of health, Elena Salgado, told the El Mundo newspaper
today that now the country needed regulations against alcohol similar to those
against tobacco. She said that his year the government would be looking at ways
to, above all, prevent the consumption of alcohol by
|A notice on the door of a restaurant informs
customers that smoking is not allowed inside. Photo – EFE.
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