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Clean Air Nederland in court over smoking ban in cafes

Friday 30 March 2012

Anti-smoking group Clean Air Nederland is taking the Dutch state to court on Friday in an effort to enforce a ban on smoking in all bars and cafes.

One of the first acts of the current government in 2010 was to relax the ban so that bars smaller than 70m2 with no staff did not have to comply.

However, the ban, brought in four years ago, is widely flouted in bigger bars, cafes and night clubs.

Clean Air Nederland argues the current situation has led to unfair competition with bars which do keep the law. In addition, 'the state is breaking international agreements to discourage smoking' and undermining existing Dutch laws, the organisation says.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

There needs to be a ban all together on smoking and where ever food is being served indoors and out on the patios where the patrons force their cigarette habit on other patrons who are eating dinner. Whoever made this law from what I hear was a minister who smokes also. The summer eateries are all open with patio eating and still alot of cigarette smoke. That needs to be banned!

By Smokers Kill | 30 March 2012 8:37 AM

Once again this just shows how this society is money driven. I feel for the restaurants and bars who are losing business but it's still possible to smoke outside. I don't necessarily support a full out ban on smoking in bars and restaurants (as a die hard non-smoker I can still understand one wanting to enjoy one's meal if you are a smoker but not at the expense of non-smokers around you). If the facilities of the venue cannot support a split air-co system then the ban should still apply. Pls be consistent when you introduce a LAW. This is just like telling a child they cannot have candy but then giving it to them if they cry long enough.

By Michael K | 30 March 2012 9:35 AM

"unfair competition" - so they are saying smoking bars are more popular ?

By denhaag | 30 March 2012 1:41 PM

Give it a break already, you got the law passed. like all things Dutch, it has settled into a community standard thing, you know where to go if you don't smoke and where to go if you do, leave it, no more laws or police state enforcement

By Joaquim | 30 March 2012 2:01 PM

It's crazy and grossly unfair that this ban is being flouted. Smoking kills, just like AIDS or cancer, and smokers should not be inflicting their filthy habits on others. Of course someone's going to say that non-smokers don't have to go there, but then we wouldn't be able to go anywhere unless the ban is enforced. People should have the right to go to a bar, cafe or restaurant without being contaminated by others. Some Third World countries are ahead of the Netherlands in terms of discouraging smoking - it's a disgrace.

By John T. | 30 March 2012 11:06 PM

Smokers should be given 1 year to quit smoking with help from their medical practitioner including those with alcohol, obesity or other substance abuse. If they refuse, let them pay for their own medical bill when health issues arise from their own abuse. That would save the Dutch taxpayers a lot of money without raising their rates.

By sandy | 31 March 2012 2:29 PM

I think they are right here, the only excuse for the other ban was that people had employees. These cafe's don't have employees so it's basically the guys home and you are ordering him he can't smoke in his own home.That is going too far. People can decide for themselves where they want to go.These people of clean air are NSB. Let them work against the air pollution from industry and car traffic especially fine dust, don't hunt poor small cafe owners.It's nasty.

By Roland | 31 March 2012 7:46 PM

You cannot and will not succeeed in banning smoking from bars in Holland, not then, not now, not ever - No more than I could ban youfascist die hard non smokers from the planet altogether. Humans are self destructive by nature, and life is essentially meaningless anyway, what do you gain, in the long run, by being such sanitized prudes? You will die, just like me, and that will be the end of it.

By Grit | 2 April 2012 8:44 AM

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