Dutch cafes remove ashtrays from tables once more as law is set to tighten

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1348
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

    The Dutch Supreme Court has closed a legal loophole that resulted in smoking returning to many of the country’s 10 000 smaller cafes after enforcement of the tobacco law was partially suspended last summer.

    In a landmark judgment the court overturned the decision of two lower appeal courts and ruled that there was “sufficient basis” in the tobacco law for a smoking ban to apply to smaller cafes that do not employ staff. The ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces in the 2008 Tobacco Law is therefore valid for the whole hospitality sector.

    The decision comes as figures show evidence of a “significant …

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