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Dutch doctors campaign for smoking ban in hospitality industry

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:746
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    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 …

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