Friday 31 March 2023

Small café owners plan to sue state over smoking ban

The foundation representing small café owners in their fight against the ban on smoking is to take legal action against the state now the ban has been lifted.

‘The damage that these cafes have suffered over the past few years is enormous,’ spokesman Jaap Brandigt told news agency ANP. ‘That is why we have asked our lawyers to prepare a claim.’
The new cabinet has lifted the ban for several thousand cafes which have no personnel and are smaller than 70 m2.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation. has been free for 16 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.