Tourists travelling to Spain might be interested to know about the new smoking ban which came into operation in 2011. We know Spain so far as a quite permissive country; however the new smoking ban is one of the toughest in Europe.
This highly controversial action continues to raise heated discussions among non-smokers and smokers and is prompting an increasing resistance from the Hotel sector, restaurants and bars which allege a continuing loss of customers.
What should smoking tourists observe when coming to Spain?
Smoking is now banned from closed public spaces such as bars, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, airports and outdoor spaces like children playgrounds, school and hospital grounds. Hotels are enabled to reserve 30% of their rooms for smokers. Smoking on terraces is still allowed. In this respect, the Costa del Sol has a huge advantage, as the mild weather throughout the year permits to enjoy a drink in a terrace without getting cold.
According to an international survey by a flight search engine, 45% of smoking tourists would be less willing to travel to Spain for holidays, meanwhile a 61% of non smokers stated that they would be more likely to choose Spain for their holidays and to be comfortable in bars and restaurants without being bothered by the smoke.
Furthermore, 38% of smoking tourists informed that the new law would not influence their decision to travel to Spain, although they would have to accept not being able to smoke indoors. The terraces equipped to smoke can be a good solution for them. And another 13% of respondents, smokers and nonsmokers, responded that the new law does not bother them and, of course, will not affect their decision to travel to Spain.
What do you think about this controversial law?
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