By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 January 2013 • 15:53
Smoked out: Expatriates unsure of where they can and cannot light up
MORE than a year on from the new smoking laws …
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.
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.
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 (which can be downloaded from www.euroweeklynews.com/smokingban) must be placed in visible areas at the entrance to the premises.
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