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Ministers will press ahead with total smoking ban, may take 18 months

Thursday 28 February 2013

The government will press ahead with a ban on smoking in all cafes and bars, including those under 70 m2 which are currently exempt, junior health minister Martin van Rijn is quoted as saying by Nos television.

Earlier a narrow majority of MPs backed a motion calling for a total ban. The exception for small bars without staff was brought in by the health department's senior minister Edith Schippers.

Nevertheless, the change may require amendments to the tobacco law and this could take 18 months to complete, the junior minister said.

Small bars and cafes run by their owners have been exempt on the grounds that they have no staff. The Dutch smoking ban was introduced to protect workers rather than public health in general.

However, the ban, brought in nearly five years ago, is widely flouted in bigger bars, cafes and nightclubs.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Seriously ? What a WASTE of time and public money, a new law is useless if they are not even able to enforce the old one !! So now they re up to (@ least) 18 months of debates, discussions, court rulings etc,...Just to go back to the point we were @ 5 years ago, what an incompetence,.....

By Jules | 28 February 2013 9:54 AM

Hi,
Ministers will press ahead with total smoking ban, may take 18 months. As a non-smoker who only smokes when I am on fire, going into a pub in Zandvoort the locals said “a smoking ban is impossible to implement” and then asked me for a light.

By Terence Hale | 28 February 2013 10:23 AM

Why should it take so long. Pass the damn law and enforce it with huge fines for non-compliance. I'm sick of going into places that are supposed to be smoke-free and end up having to us my asthma meds so I can breathe!

By M | 28 February 2013 10:46 AM

All governments have done enough to interfere and their influences are no longer welcome. Smokers no longer effect non-smokers except at Bars and Restaurant and they have a choice there. Stop beating up smokers, I would be happy to give the young minister better targets.

By George Tiesma | 28 February 2013 4:34 PM

Until such time as the dutch government stops the hypocritical profiting from taxes on tobacco, they should allow individuals to decide for themselves - if bar owners are happy to allow smoking of on their premises they should not interfere. Otherwise they should bite the bullet and put all tobacco products on the banned substances list.

By Peter | 28 February 2013 4:42 PM

For those who have problem with smokers better to stay home or outdoors. I cannot understand why the complain those non-smokers.It is so simple as: ...if you do not like somewhere move your a..s, you are not obliged to stay there.

By Georgios Tsoukalas | 28 February 2013 6:35 PM

For those who have problem with smokers better to stay home or outdoors. I cannot understand why the complain those non-smokers.It is so simple as: ...if you do not like somewhere move your a..s, you are not obliged to stay there.

By Georgios Tsoukalas | 28 February 2013 6:36 PM

For those who have problem with smokers better to stay home or outdoors. I cannot understand why the complain those non-smokers.It is so simple as: ...if you do not like somewhere move your a..s, you are not obliged to stay there.

By Georgios Tsoukalas | 28 February 2013 6:37 PM

The exemption should never have been accorded in the first place. This full ban is long overdue, coming nearly a decade after many other European countries. And the Dutch like to think they are ahead of events?

By John Tweedings | 28 February 2013 10:25 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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