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Spain takes tough stance on smoking with new legislation

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 22 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5983
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

A total ban on smoking in enclosed public places and outside health centres, schools, and children’s playgrounds could take effect in Spain early next year if draft legislation becomes law.

The passing of the legislation by Spain’s lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies, on 20 October is seen as a victory for antismoking campaigners, who have had to fight off strong pressure from Spain’s tobacco lobby. The ruling party, the centre left Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), also resisted pressure from the opposition conservative Popular Party, which has opposed a full ban because of the alleged economic effects on the hotel and catering industry.

A loophole in the present law, which was introduced in 2006, exempts certain bars and restaurants …

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