Dutch doctors campaign for smoking ban in hospitality industryBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7544.746-d (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:746
- Tony Sheldon
The Dutch Medical Association is backing a campaign to allow MPs a free vote on banning smoking in hotels, restaurants, and cafes. To date, Dutch MPs throughout the political spectrum have been reluctant to support a ban, believing that Dutch society, with its smoking tradition, is opposed to such a move. The government, therefore, has opted to allow the hospitality industry to regulate itself, at least until 2008.
But from 1 May, citizens will have the right to initiate legislative proposals if they can muster 40 000 signatures. The antismoking lobby group Clean Air Netherlands has launched a campaign for a …