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A trip to inspect the smoking ban in Spain 2010

Incomplete Smoking Restriction in Spain

In January 2006, Spanish law banned smoking in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres
and on public transport, including stations and airports. The law also stated that restaurants and
bars over 100 square M can designate a smoking area, but that it has to be physically separated and
may occupy at most 30% of the total floor space of the establishment. Establishments smaller
than 100 sq.m. could choose whether to allow or to prohibit smoking.

However, soon later, the Community of Madrid established an illegal decree which states that
restaurants over 100 square M are not required to make the complete physical separation of
the smoking and non-smoking areas. In January 2009, the High Court in Madrid overturned
this decree. Even though, the regional government presided by the conservative politician, E Aguirre,
had not yet taken measures to enforce the law. The Spanish non-smoking party, PNF announced
that the Madrid region has failed to implement a satisfactory regime of inspections and the vast
majority of bars and restaurants flout the law. The PNF has so far reported more than 2.500 bars
and restaurants for failing to comply with the law.

Source: Wikipedia

A sign plate shows a fine of 40 and 30.05 Euros for traveling without a valid ticket and smoking inside trains, respectively.
This photograph was taken at a Barocelona subway train in May 2010.
(L)(M) A sign board shows that no-more-smoking beyond this point, at a Barcelona subway station and at Funicular de Montjuic station.
(R) A standard sign plate in Metro station at Barcelona

(L) A ticket bending machine and ticket office at the Barcelona Sants Railway station
(R) No-smoking sign board at Paral-lel station, Barcelona

(L) Many people are always smoking near the entrance to the Barcelona Sants railway station.
(R) No-smoking sign displayed in the corridor between Renfe Aeroport railway station and Bercelona airport terminals.

Barcelona international airport and no-smoking sign at the entrance door

(L) A Cornella Renfe railway station, Barcelona
(R) A small station cafe attached to the railway station. No-smoking sign is displayed at the entrance.

(L) An automatic bending machine for tobacco sale placed in the station cafe at Cornella, Barcelona.
(M) An ashtray is provided on each table
(R) Two are smoking under the stairway to the subway station at Cornella Centre.

(L) No-smoking sign plate attached near the train window of Renfe, between downtown and airport of Barcelona.
(M) An automatic bending machine for tobacco sale in the cafe-bar of Segovia, Spain
(R) This restaurant-bar in Barcelona provides a smoking space. It says that the rest of space, smoking is prohibited.

(L) The sign plate shows that smoking is allowed in this space. The sign next may be the meaning of that, please shut the door.
Photographed in Barcelona.
(R) A bus driver was smoking while waiting for the time of departure.

(L) A client is smoking in a cafe/bar at town of Segovia, Spain (R) An automatic bending machine for a tobacco, photographed at Segovia

A Renfe reservation ticket issued in May 2010. Please note that there is two 'smoking-seat' sign on the ticket.
The writer strongly protested against the smoking train mark. However, it became clear that the railway company had not changed PC software
after the law of smoking ban on all Spanish trains came into in force in January 2006!

The photographs show the Hospital de Barcelona and an ashtray stand near by the hospital entrance.
No smoking restriction is enforced there.

(L) A cigar shop in Barcelona (M)(R) A display-stand for cigarettes and tobacco products
The price of 20 Malboro cigarette is 3.60, Winston 3.15, and Camel 3.30 Euros.

'Al Capone' sweet filter cognac dipped, pack of 10 cigarettes, sold in Spain
Health warning: (L) Protect children. Do not children breathe tobacco-smoke (R) Smoking can kill the human.

(L) Hotel Jardin de Recoletos, Madrid (M) Westin Palace Madrid (R) Hilton Madrid Airport

(L) Barcelo Hotel Sants hotel and Barcelona Sants railway station (R) Hotel Torre Catalunya, Barcelona

Smoking-room ratio in hotels in Spain


Hilton Madrid Airport Hotel has 284 total guest rooms. Of these, 49 (
17%) are smoking rooms.
All bars and restaurants are smoke-free.
The total number of guest rooms of Westin Palace Madrid is 468. There are 58 (
12%) smoking
guest rooms. No smoking booth is inside. Bars and restaurants are smoke-free.
Hotel Ritz Madrid has total 170 guest rooms. Of these, about 60% are non-smoking, versus,
40% are smoking guest rooms. The hotel did not disclose the exact number of smoking rooms.
The restaurants of Ritz prohibit smoking, but in bars, smoking is allowed.
Hotel Jardin de Recoletos, Madrid provides 12 smoking rooms of 43 total rooms. The percentage
28%. Here, smoking allowed in the bar. In the restaurant, smoking is prohibited in breakfast.
However, it is allowed in lunch and evening meal hours.


Barcelo Sants, Barcelona has total guest rooms of 377. The number of smoking rooms is 108
Bars and restaurants in this hotel are smoke-free.
Hotel Torre Catalunya located in front of the Barcelona Sants station, provides smoking guest
rooms are 41(
15%), of the total 272 rooms. Smoking is banned in a hotel restaurant and bar.
Husa Oriente known as one of the classic hotels in Barcelona has total 147 guest rooms/
all are
. The only place to smoke inside is the bar.
Hilton Barcelona Hotel has a total of 289 guest rooms. Smoking rooms are located on the second
floor of the building and 44
(15%) in a number. A lady who showed me a hotel facility told me
that 'all' Japanese guests requested a smoking room in Barcelona Hilton. No smoking is allowed
in restaurants and bars in Hilton.

Smokers get off sidewalks go inside Spain has enforced a total smoking ban in restaurants and bars in January 2011.
Hotels will be allowed to set aside 30 per cent of rooms for smokers.

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The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.

Smoking booth and a health warning on tobacco use at the Madrid airport

(L) This photo shows the smoking room in the Terminal 1 of Madrid international airport.
Please note that there is no door in this room and toxic tobacco-smoke may flow out to the space of the airport terminal.
(R) The sign board campaigning using the smoking booth, placed in the airport corridor

(L) The car porch of the Madrid-Barajas airport (R) No-smoking sign board at the entrance to the departure terminal

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A tax-free tobacco shop in the airport

Health warning: Tobacco contains benzene( a chemical found in gasoline), nitrosamine ( carcinogenic compound ),
formaldehyde ( toxic to human health ).
Cigarette may cause sexual impotence ( due to decreased blood flow ) and can be the cause of infertility.

Health warning: Smoking kills. Do not the children to inhale a tobacco-smoke. Smoking is determined to be dangerous to your health.
All photographs were taken in May 2010.

A price of Marlboro is 3.6 Euros at a cafe/bar or at a tobacco shop in Spain.
The duty-free shop in Madrid international airport sells Marlboro to air passengers for the European Union
destinations at 41.40 Euros, and for passengers to the non-european destinations at 32.40 Euros.

 International comparison of cigarette prices and taxes

(L) The budget deficit of Spain 2009 was 1.112 hundred billion Euros, 11.2% of GDP,
and in Greece it was 323 hundred billion Euros, 13.6% of GDP.
(M) The market is suspicious about the bank asset is decreasing related to the collapsed real estate boom.
(R) Spain had its unemployment rate near 20 %, with a lot of people lost their jobs.
Source: NHK TV, June 9, 2010

To improve the present confusing status of smoking restriction in the eating business,
a new, stricter law has been already announced by the government. Smoking will be banned
in every indoor public place, including bars, clubs and restaurants before the end of 2010.
However, the Spanish financial crisis, which was generated by long term loans, can
possibly affect on the Government's enforcement of the new strict smoking ban.

あった。第二の都市、バロセロナのホテルではHusa Oriente Hotel が全館禁煙であった。マドリット、バロセロナ共に、



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Spain 2006-2011
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The article was written in June 2010, and last revised in August 2013, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.

A total smoking ban in Spain 2011

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