Anti-smoking group Clean Air Nederland is taking the Dutch state to court on Thursday in an effort to have smoking areas in Dutch cafes and bars closed down.
The organisation says the existence of smoking areas flies in the face of international agreements signed by the Netherlands to protect people from the risks posed by tobacco smoke.
‘These agreements require that the entire catering sector be 100% smoke free,’ the organisation says.
In addition, cafes and bars with smoking rooms are a form of unfair competition to those without the space to set them up, CAN argues.
The Dutch catering sector organisation KHN disputes that claim, saying just 5% of cafes have smoking areas.
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