Government urged to get tough on bars which break smoking ban

A majority of MPs want the government to step up checks on bars and cafes to make sure they comply with the nationwide smoking ban, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

The ban, which came into effect in July 2008, is being debated in parliament later on Tuesday.
The new government has already lifted the ban for cafes smaller than 70 m2 with no personnel. But research indicates around half of the country’s bars, cafes and night clubs now allow smoking.
CDA MPs are calling on the government to set up a special phone number where people can report illegal smoking.
‘Since the cabinet said the smoking ban is being made more flexible, it is unclear where smoking is and is not allowed. The ashtrays are back everywhere,’ CDA MP Sabine Uitslag told news agency ANP.
Labour MPs want health minister Edith Schippers to close down bars caught breaking the ban for a third time.

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