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Dutch Government To Change The Law To Keep Bars Smoke Free After Court Defeats

by Aruna on  September 14, 2009 at 10:54 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Dutch government vowed to change the law to keep bars smoke free after it suffered two successive defeats in court against bar owners challenging a smoking ban.
Dutch Government To Change The Law To Keep Bars Smoke Free After Court Defeats
Dutch Government To Change The Law To Keep Bars Smoke Free After Court Defeats
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A cabinet statement said the government would introduce changes to legislation in order to make sure that "a uniform obligation" applied to all.

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Dutch bar owners won two victories earlier this year in their fight against a smoking ban on their premises.

Two different courts found that the law, aimed at protecting staff from second-hand smoke inhalation, unfairly discriminated against small, one-man operations that employed none.

Several thousand small bars and cafes in the Netherlands united late last year to defy the ban that entered into force in July 2008, creating a joint legal defense fund, arguing they lacked the floor space and money to erect separate smoking-only areas.

The cabinet said the planned changes would make allowances for the introduction of "innovative air sytstems" if they could be proven effective enough to be an alternative to a dedicated smoking area in small bars.

Source: AFP
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