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Dutch groups appeal against “irresponsible” plan to exempt small cafés from smoking ban

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 04 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5503
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

Plans by the Netherlands’ new centre right government to scrap the smoking ban in small cafés has sparked a “moral appeal” from more than 30 leading figures and medical organisations to reject what they describe as an “irresponsible” move.

The appeal is being led by the tobacco control body Stivoro, the Heart Foundation, the Asthma Funds, and the Cancer Prevention Society. They fear that small cafés, which may number as many as 10 000, may become the “breeding ground” for a new generation of smokers.

An open letter from the groups has been sent to the junior coalition partner, the Christian Democrats, …

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