Stringent Smoking Ban Leading to Town Rebellion in Spain

by Tanya Thomas on  January 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Hotels and restaurants in the northern Spanish town of Palencia closed on Wednesday to protest the country's tough anti-smoking law which took effect this year.
 Stringent Smoking Ban Leading to Town Rebellion in Spain
Stringent Smoking Ban Leading to Town Rebellion in Spain

About 100 professionals from the sector also staged a demonstration, some carrying banners saying "If you don't smoke, we don't get paid. Let us live" and "Total ban, sector ruined."

Another said "Zapatero, you should have been a hotelier," referring to Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Trade associations said 60 to 70 percent of the hotels and restaurants in the town of around 80,000 people closed for the day.

It was the first major demonstration against the anti-smoking law, one of the strictest in Europe, since it was introduced on January 2.

The new law bans smoking in all enclosed public spaces, including bars, restaurants and nightclubs and makes it illegal to smoke in children's parks or anywhere on school or hospital grounds.

The hotel and restaurant industry fears the law could cut sales by between five and 15 percent.

Last week, the Spanish Hotel and Catering Association launched an effort to obtain half a million signatures on a petition to demand that parliament change the legislation.

Spain has had an anti-smoking law since January 2006 but the impact was barely noticeable.

It banned smoking in the workplace, on public transport and in shops. But it allowed owners of bars, restaurants and cafes to decide whether to ban smoking or not. Most, faced with a drop in business, naturally chose to permit their customers to light up.

Source: AFP

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The anti-smokers commit flagrant scientific fraud by ignoring more than 50 studies which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least 1/4 of non-small cell lung cancers. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus for socioeconomic reasons. And the anti-smokers' studies are all based on lifestyle questionnaires, so they're cynically DESIGNED to blame tobacco for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV. And they commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on tobacco. smokershistory dot com/hpvlungc.htm smokershistory dot com/etsheart.html For the government to commit fraud to deprive us of our liberties is automatically a violation of our rights to the equal protection of the laws, just as much as if it purposely threw innocent people in prison. And for the government to spread lies about phony smoking dangers is terrorism, no different from calling in phony bomb threats.
CarolT Saturday, January 29, 2011
Where is the proof that that passive smoking is 100% safe. Surely the non smokers should have the right to go where they want, and not be subjected to any potential risk regardless of how great or small! I don't see why the non smoker has to suffer just because some people are weak willed and are addicted to a drug!
Badboldie Sunday, January 30, 2011
I will never go to Spain again if they don't overturn the Ban,it was one of the only places left to where your freedoms were not restricted, long live Spain, long live choice and freedom !
Chris53 Friday, January 28, 2011
Hope they don't get it overturned as we booked to go to Ibiza in May 11.
Badboldie Friday, January 28, 2011

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