Spain votes to ban smoking in public places

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7429
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

The Spanish lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies, voted on 21 December to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in Spain from 2 January. The new law also bans smoking in children’s parks and outside hospitals and schools, although some areas of psychiatric institutions and prisons are exempt.

The decision brings to an end the “Spanish model” of permissive smoking legislation that the tobacco lobby in Spain has been defending (BMJ 2010;341:c5983, doi: 10.1136/bmj.c5983; BMJ 2010;341:c6462; doi: 10.1136/bmj.c6462). According to public health experts loopholes in the …

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