Health inspectors handed out 1,578 fines to Dutch cafe, bar and club owners for breaking the ban on smoking in 2014. This is a rise of just under 200 on 2013, website nu.nl reports.
In total, inspectors levied fines totalling €1.4m.
No fines were given in 136 of the country’s 400 local authority areas. The worst offender was the staunchly religious fishing village of Urk where one-fifth of the cafes and bars inspected were found to be breaking the law.
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