Smoking Ban in Netherlands
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The Government of The Netherlands introduced a nationwide
smoking ban in public places to protect workers.
The smoking ban had been applied since July 2008. This covers all restaurants,cafe
shops and bars.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said that the coffee shops should be
treated in the same manner
as other catering businesses. However, a proprietor is allowed to set up
a separate room in which people
can smoke, but customers will not be served there to protect staff members.
that 'Employees should not have to work in an environment, in which they
exposed to the harmful effects of smoking'.
Amsterdam's well known coffee shops, where marijuana can be smoked openly
in a relaxed atmosphere,
are one of the city's big draws for tourists. Patrons of cannabis cafes
will still be allowed to smoke marijuana
as long as it is not mixed with tobacco. Possession of cannabis is illegal
in Netherlands, but holders of
the amounts less than 5 grams is not prosecuted.
Source: Jun 8, 2007 Reuters & July1, 2008 BBC News
In February 2013, the Dutch parliament agreed on a total ban in the hospitality
sector with 77-73,
with no exception for smaller, owner-operated bars.
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The article was written in March, 2008, and last revised in October 2013,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.