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Spain Puts Its Butts Out

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Posted on Jan 2, 2011
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New Year’s Day saw one of Europe’s strictest anti-smoking measures take effect in Spain. The new law will create a haven for non-smokers as tobacco use has been prohibited in bars, restaurants and most public spaces. —JCL

The BBC:

A tough anti-smoking law has taken effect in Spain.

The ban—one of the strictest in Europe—outlaws smoking in all bars and restaurants. Smokers will also be prohibited on television broadcasts, near hospitals or in school playgrounds.

The law tightens anti-smoking restrictions introduced in 2006.

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By shawn, January 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment
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Good for Spain! I have worked as an RN for 25 years. About 60% of the chronic illness I have witnessed destroying people’s lives can be directly related to tobacco abuse. Billions of dollars in tax money is spent caring for these people.
Why do we continue to allow the manufacture and sale of products that are addictive and destructive to people’s health? Too bad our government lacks the courage to stand up to the tobacco industry.

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By rico, suave, January 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Government- doing what it does best.

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By Leefeller, January 3, 2011 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Geeze, next they wail ban cussing, spitting and loitering and then comes no shorts no service!

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