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(Jul 31, 2013) On July 9, 2013, the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, Martin van Rijn, sent draft legislation on amending the Tobacco Act to reinstate a ban on smoking in all bars and cafes, regardless of size, to the Council of State (Raad van State), the Cabinet's advisory body. (Smoking Ban Bill Goes to Advisory Body, EXPATICA.COM (July 9, 2013).)
Small establishments that have no staff, which "began flouting the smoking ban as soon as it was introduced in July 2008," had been exempted from the ban in subsequent years. (
However, in February 2013, the Dutch Parliament voted to reverse the exemption and extend the smoking ban to all bars, restaurants, and cafes, no matter their size. (Smoking Ban to Be Reinstated Across Cafes and Bars of All Sizes, THE
The Dutch Health and Safety Inspectorate issued figures indicating that about 73% of bars, cafes, and clubs in the Netherlands now ban smoking, as opposed to 61% found to be in compliance with the ban at the end of 2012. The number of cafes that have special sealed-off areas reserved for smoking has reportedly doubled. (More Cafes Are Smoke Free, but 35% StillBreak the Rules, DUTCH NEWS.NL (July 2, 2013).)
|Author:||Wendy Zeldin More by this author|
|Topic:||Tobacco and smoking More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Netherlands More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 07/31/2013