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Spain takes first steps towards banning smoking in all public spaces

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2584 (Published 13 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2584
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

    The Spanish government has taken the first step towards banning smoking in all closed public spaces. Only hotels, hostels, prisons, hospitals, and mental hospitals will be allowed to have designated smoking areas, says the draft law sent to parliamentary groups by the Ministry of Health and Social Policies.

    The draft law, which is planned to be approved this autumn, will eliminate current exceptions to the general smoking ban. Under current regulations, which were approved in 2005, owners of bars, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, and casinos measuring less than 100 m2 can choose whether …

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