More cafes observe smoking ban, but it's still far from total
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Some 57% of the Netherlands' bars and cafes now keep to the ban on smoking, compared with 51% in the spring, according to health ministry inspectors.
Some 61% of discos and 88% of cafes which serve food are now smoke free, the inspectors said.
Smoking is banned in all bars, cafes and restaurants with the exception of bars smaller than 70 m2 without personnel.
The Netherlands has come under fire from anti-smoking groups for its lax approach to upholding the ban.
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