About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Dutch State Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Smoking In Bars

by VR Sreeraman on November 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM
Font : A-A+

Dutch State Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Smoking In Bars

The Dutch health ministry announced plans Tuesday to impose tougher fines and heavier punishments on restaurants and pubs that continue infringing a new smoking ban.

"In this country, laws are made to be obeyed, and that goes for everybody," Health Minister Ab Klink said in a letter to parliament amid reports of growing resistance to the ban in the hospitality industry.


His spokeswoman, Saskia Hommes, told AFP that contravention of the ban, which came into operation on July 1, can now also be prosecuted under criminal law.

Inspectors from the health department's Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, who have issued 500 fines for contraventions since October 1, would in future work closely with prosecutors.

"Using criminal law instead of only civil law will enable us to issue fines faster, and tougher punishments," said Hommes. "In the worst case scenario, businesses that repeatedly break the law can be closed down."

Dozens of Dutch establishments, especially smaller ones, have started putting their ashtrays out again, arguing that they were losing customers and didn't have the space or money to erect separate smoking spaces.

A group of pub owners have asked Klink to consider compensating them for their financial losses, which he reportedly refused.

A recent poll had suggested that more than half of pub and restaurant owners were considering closing shop due to the ban.

In the town of Den Bosch in the south of the Netherlands, the majority of pubs have been allowing their clients to smoke in protest since Monday this week, according to Dutch news agency ANP.

Less than a quarter of the Dutch population of 16.4 million are smokers.

Source: AFP

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Health Hazards of Smoking Smoking And Cancer Smoking And Tobacco Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts Smoking Cigarette Smoking - A Silent Killer Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Leriche Syndrome Antioxidants to Help You When You Quit Smoking 

Recommended Reading
Smoking And Tobacco
Encyclopedia section of medindia briefs you about the History of Tobacco...
UK to Turn Down Music Volume in Pubs to Bring Down Binge-drinking
As binge-drinking is reaching catastrophic levels, the UK ggovernment is planning to order drastic ....
'Electronic Cigarettes' Offered in English Pub to Beat Smoking Ban
A pub in England is offering "electronic cigarettes" to cater to the needs of its customers and to ....
Spain Consumes Less Alcohol, Tobacco and Narcotics: Study
Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs was noticeably lower in Spain, a main entry point ...
Antioxidants to Help You When You Quit Smoking
Smoking is injurious to health, but it sure is a tough addiction to stop. Cure yourself with the pow...
Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts
There is more to alcohol than mere intoxication. Infamous because of its social abuse but indispensa...
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD includes respiratory tract disorders that cause obstruction to airflow. These are chronic br...
Cigarette Smoking - A Silent Killer
Smoking kills the smoker silently, pushing him towards serious illnesses, which slowly lead to ......
Health Hazards of Smoking
Smoking causes many diseases and affects the overall health of smokers....
Leriche Syndrome
A patient with Leriche syndrome suffers from claudication symptoms, impotence and decreased pulses i...
Smoking And Cancer
Smoking is the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use