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Netherlands postpones smoking ban in restaurants and theatres

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:832
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Plans to ban smoking in Dutch restaurants and cafes have been postponed indefinitely, after health minister Hans Hoogervorst agreed to let the hotel and catering industry draw up its own plans to protect employees from cigarette smoke. Theatres, concert halls, and pop music venues are also indefinitely exempted.

    The move marks a shift from the tough antismoking policy of former health minister Els Borst. She backed the changes in the tobacco law …

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