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Dutch workers entitled to smoke-free conditions, court rules

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1227
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    A Dutch court has ruled that employers must guarantee that non-smoking staff have a working environment completely free of tobacco smoke. In a landmark judgment, the Breda district court upheld a postal worker's complaint that her exposure to tobacco smoke at the city's sorting office infringed her right to work in a smoke-free environment.

    The court ruled that her employers were bound by the constitutional rights of citizens to protection of “physical integrity” and “health” to provide such conditions. They failed to satisfy this …

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