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Spain’s tougher line on smoking in public places spreads to other countries

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d617 (Published 28 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d617
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

The new Spanish law on smoking in public places, which came into force on 2 January (BMJ 2010;341:c7429, doi:10.1136/bmj.c7429), is already having an effect on other countries’ laws, the World Health Organization has said.

Armando Peruga, programme manager of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative, said, “Spain changing the model and sending the message that it [a soft approach to smoking in public places] doesn’t work is a severe blow for the tobacco industry. The health minister of …

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