Netherlands bans smoking in enclosed public places but allows closed smoking rooms

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1292
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Smoking is to be banned in all Dutch cafes, restaurants, hotels, and sports facilities from July 2008, when the Netherlands' government axes the previous unsuccessful policy of industry self regulation.

    Ministers rejected the hospitality industry's proposal to phase out smoking gradually by 2011, provoking a furious response from the industry's umbrella body, Royal Dutch Horeca, which accused the government of being unreliable.

    Doctors welcomed the ban while calling for tougher government action on a range of unhealthy lifestyles. National opinion polls show that 64% of the public support an immediate ban.

    The government, formed this year, has sought a new approach, …

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