Spanish Government must be seen

Armando Peruga, co-ordinator for the WHO’s Tobacco-Free Initiative, insisted on Tuesday that simply approving the law was not enough. And he put the emphasis on the Government to let the public see it was prepared to enforce the legislation.
 “It is just as important that people believe the law is being complied with, as is actual compliance,” he told a conference entitled ‘The law for smoke-free spaces has been approved. And now what?’
Peruga also warned of strong opposition from the tobacco industry, as had happened in other countries, and that the Government should prepare for legal challenges in court.
He felt some Spanish papers had made it sound as though the country “was up in arms” but stressed that those involved – bar-­owners restaurateurs and hoteliers etc – had complied well with the law.
The WHO representative added that Spain’s new law was having a positive effect on other countries, with Chile already announcing it will adopt similar legislation.
Europa Press, meanwhile, reports that an international survey by the flight portal Skyscanner shows that more non-smokers are prepared to visit Spain for a smoke-free holiday now that the ban is in place.
More than 60% of those who answered the survey said they would feel more comfortable in bars and restaurants, and would consider booking a trip. Conversely, 45% of smokers said they might cross Spain off their list of holiday destinations because of the new law.

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