Two more European countries join Ireland, Italy and Norway in banning smoking in public places. In Spain. people will not be able to light up in all workplaces, shopping centres and other enclosed public spaces and cigarette vending machines are history.
Belgium is opting for a more selective ban. The law in effect from the beginning of the new year makes workplaces smoke-free. The legislation applies to every part of the workplace under the authority of the employer. This includes offices, garages, corridors, canteens, toilets, and any vehicles used by the company. One Belgian office worker said: “We’re losing something from our lives and frankly, it’s something we will miss because when there’s a problem it does help me concentrate better on my work. From 1 January 2007, no one will be able to light up in a Belgian restaurant, but restaurateurs will be able to set aside rooms for smokers as long as no food is served there.Cafés and bars will escape the ban.