How To Guides
- Childbirth & Education
- Legal Formalities
- Pensions & Benefits
- Property & Accommodation
Did you know...?
... Telefonica are NOT the only service provider of Telephone Lines, Internet Access or Mobile Phones?
Tumbit recommends Telitec Communications. Find out how Telitec Communications can help you here!
- Why every Expat is a scumbag
- Mixed Reaction to ECB Rate Cut
- Lorca Earthquakes 2 Year Anniversary
- Join us on the Costa del Sol to discuss your Spanish IHT requirements
- El Escorial
- Wincham announce opening of Marbella office
- Unauthorised Financial Advisers in Spain : UPDATE
- Community Insurance in Spain
- Caldendar Girls
- Own a Property in Spain ? Then you need to read the following
- EU Summit Eagerly Anticipated
- Travel Money Made Easy !
- Considerations when Insuring your Boat in Spain
- QROPS – HMRC Introduces changes that create havoc in the market place
- QROPS – All Change From April 2012
Smoking in Spain and the Law
For many generations smoking in Spain has formed part of Spanish culture and it has been accepted as the norm for teenagers through to grandparents across the country to be able to smoke openly and without prejudice or fear of persecution from the law. Up until now that is.
In 2010 alone, smokers contributed over €9b euros to the Spanish economy - not including complimentary purchases of drinks or food.
However, on 2nd January 2011 new legislation came into force. As such, it became illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants and other establishments and public areas across the country. The punishments for non-compliance range from mild fines of €30 up to €600,000 in the most severe cases.
These fines are not limited to the proprietors, who are naturally cautious not to break the law, but to the wider public.
Previously, Spain had a partial smoking ban prohibiting smoking in offices, schools, hospitals and public transport, but restaurants and bars could create a "smokers section" or allow smoking if they were small (under 100m2). However this was relaxed allowing bar owners to decide whether or not they would allow smoking anywhere within their establishment (which almost all did), but the new law has stopped this practice and the freedom of owners and clientele to decide for themselves.
So what is the new smoking law exactly ?
The new smoking laws effective from 2nd January 2010 prohibit smoking in every indoor public place including:
- Public Transport
- Childcare facilities (including playgrounds)
Hotels may have up to 30% of their rooms designated as smoking rooms. Mental hospitals, prisons and old people's residences may have public rooms where workers cannot enter.
In addition, the law prevents smoking around Schools and Hospital buildings.
How can I get help to stop smoking ?
Despite Spain's Minister for Health publicly stating that the National Health service will offer support and medication to those wishing to cut down or stop smoking altogether, most of the country's 17 Autonomous Communities are refusing to offer any help as they do not have the additional funding to do this. This is looking like it will become a drawn out issue – especially when the Prime Minister gave an interview only this morning in which he told the Regional Governments that they must curb their spending.
However, tens of thousands of smokers are expected to take this opportunity to cut down or stop smoking altogether. Much like in the UK, there are treatments which can be bought over the counter to help smokers stop, but it is always advisable to speak with your local G.P. or Pharmacist to discuss all available options which are suitable for you.
Patches and gum seem to be the most popular remedies, but the success rate can vary greatly between individuals. Here are just a few new and alternative treatments that are already proving very popular with those wishing to cut smoking in the UK, and expected to soon become popular here in Spain :
An Electric Cigarette ! - An amazing product... No tobacco, no smoke! - A sleek design enables you to feel like you are smoking without any of the harm that a normal cigarette may inflict. Has been approved for use by passengers on many major airlines due it's total lack of any harmful by-products... more info
Laser Therapy - The very latest innovation in treatment for smokers. Quick, pain free, no drugs or medication and no side effects... more info
Click on any of these alternatives to find out more information.
Comment on this Article
- Why every Expat is a scumbag
- Mr Grumpy : Officially an 'Old Bastard'
- Travel : Best Done at a Distance
- 15-M : 2 Years on
- Mr Grumpy v Spain and Statistics
- El Escorial
- Mr Grumpy : In Support of Ryanair
- We Speak No Americano
- Alicante Airport : Two Fingers up to Corvera ?
- Spanish Tax Resident Declaration Deadline April 30th
- Spain : Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
- Franco's Menu del Dia
- Do I Really Need a Survey When Purchasing a Spanish Property ?
- Spain's Energy Efficiency Certificate
- How to Complain about your Town Hall in Spain
- What is a Funeral Plan and Why would I need one ?
- Etiquette when attending a Spanish Funeral
- How to Behave as the Guest at a Spanish Wedding
- How to Choose a Dentist in Spain
- How to sell or buy a Spanish Registered LHD Car in the UK
- How, Why and When to Baja a Vehicle in Spain
- RCDs and your Electrical system in Spain
- Court valuation of Spanish Properties
- Applying for your Spanish prescription charge reimbursement