Minister aims for bar smoking ban in a year

New Dutch health minister Ab Klink told NOS TV last night that he wants to introduce a ban on smoking in bars, cafés and restaurants within a year. The new government’s coalition accord says a ban should be introduced before 2011.

His predecessor Hans Hoogervorst had struck a deal with the catering sector to reduce smoke nuisance by 2009. An evaluation of that deal is due to be published in the spring.

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