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Spain Bans Smoking Across Country
Posted: January 4, 2011
The largest consumer of Cuban cigars in the world has banned smoking in its bars, restaurants, cafés and most public enclosed spaces. Effective Sunday, Spain's government has tightened its smoking restrictions, imposing fines of 30 euros ($40) for first-time offenders and as much as 100,000 euros ($133,000) after three violations. Restaurant and bar owners will pay between 60 and 100,000 euros for each violation.
According to Reuters, the Spanish government claims that smoking kills 55,000 of its citizens each year, though business owners feel that the smoking ban will kill a large percentage of their profits, as the country has a deep-rooted culture of smoking in cafés, tapas bars and restaurants.
When anti-smoking laws were first imposed four years ago, most privately owned establishments were able to choose whether or not to accommodate smokers. Now the choice has been made for them.
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