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TOBACCO AND NICOTINE USE IN THE EU
KONSUM VON TABAK UND NIKOTIN IN DER EU
CONSOMMATION DE TABAC ET DE NICOTINE DANS L’UE
The law of Spain
Smoke-free legislation came into effect in Spain on 1 January 2006. It prohibited smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces in public transportation, but allowed exemptions for restaurants and bars. Smoking is permitted in restaurants and bars that are less than 100m2. Restaurants and bars under 100 square meters have to provide clear signs indicating whether they are smoking or smoke free establishments.
Smoking is prohibited in bars and restaurants with more than 100m2 , but designated smoking rooms may be set up. Bars and restaurants were given until 31 August 2006 to install smoking rooms. Airports, train stations, hotels, theaters and cinemas are also allowed smoking rooms. In hotels, around 70 per cent of rooms must be designated non-smoking areas.
A special exemption rule has been made for prisons, where smoking is allowed in designated cells and banned in the rest, while inmates are categorized as either smokers, non- smokers or “tolerant passive smokers”.
- People who smoke in smoke-free areas pay fines of up to €600.
- Legal age to purchase and smoke tobacco is 18.