Spain: new smoking ban took effect on Jan. 2, 2011

The law tightens anti-smoking restrictions introduced in 2006. While the 2006 anti-smoking law prohibited smoking in the workplace, the new law also bans smoking in enclosed public spaces, which includes office buildings, bars, restaurants, hotel lobbies, casinos, clubs, open-decked tourist buses and airports. However, smoking remains permitted in open-air stadiums, hotel rooms set aside for smokers and at the beaches.The law will make Spain a tougher place to smoke than other EU countries where bars and restaurants are still allowed to have smoking sections.Source: various press reports

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