SPAIN – THE new, stricter smoking regulations which came into effect at the beginning of January has caused confusion among expatriates living in Spain. Numerous expatriates who own bars here have contacted the Euro Weekly News (EWN) to complain they only knew about the new law from what they read in the local newspapers.
Some say they have not received any official notification from their local town hall or from any official body outlining the new rules.
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By now it is common knowledge that people can no longer smoke inside bars and restaurants, but where else is now designated as a smoke-free zone? EWN reporter Jennifer Leighfield delved into the Official State Bulletin to find out.
In all public enclosed spaces, including bars, restaurants, discos, cafés, nightclubs, among others. That is, anywhere allowing access or use of the general public, whether it is publicly or privately owned
Public or private workplaces
Administrative and legal premises
Health centres, hospitals, clinics and other premises which offer health services. Smoking is banned both in and outside
Schools, universities and other centres of training and education
Sports facilities, stadiums and premises where public entertainment is carried out
Areas where help is offered to the public (eg. Tourist office)
Inside shopping centres and shops
On public transport
Social attention centres (eg centres for minors, abuse victims, etc)
Leisure and entertainment premises such as cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys, arcades, etc
Cultural centres, reading halls, libraries, conferences, exhibition halls and museums.
Premises where food is made, transformed, prepared, tasted or sold.
Lifts and elevators.
Phone booths, cash points and other small enclosed spaces for public use (less than 5m2)
Inside bus stations, train stations, ports, airports, ambulances, cable cars, company cars, aeroplanes or taxis.
At service stations.
In hotels, hostels and other similar premises (unless special conditions met)
In children’s play parks
Guests or presenters on all TV programmes and media, cannot be seen smoking or mentioning or showing brands of cigarettes
In rooms or communal areas at centres for the elderly or disabled
In all other open areas, and in spaces which are covered but have less than two or less walls
Outside on university campus and at centres for adult education
Open-air sports facilities and stadiums
Outside shopping centres and shops
Outside bus and train stations, ports and airports
Outside prisons or in rooms specially provided for smokers
Outside psychiatric hospitals or in rooms specially provided for smokers
In Private Smokers’ Clubs
At centres for the elderly or disabled, rooms may be created for smoking residents, which must have signs and have ventilation systems
Smoking in areas where it is banned or not putting up signs at the entrance to establishments informing clients of the ban can lead to fines of between €30 and a whopping €600,000, depending on the severity of the offence.
The official ‘no-smoking’ signs must be placed in visible areas at the entrance to the premises.
Source: Official State Bulletin ref.318 sec 1 pag.109188