Smoking On Terraces In Spain?
- Víctormanuel Paz
Apparently by Spanish law smoking is permitted in “terraces” in restaurants. Meaning anyone sitting in an “outdoor” area in cafe, bar or restaurant is allowed legally to smoke. Astonishingly restaurants are not able to enforce a smoking ban on any outdoor areas whether they want it or not.
As 90% of seating in such establishments in the coastal areas are outdoor areas, smoking is effectively permitted everywhere. Moreover inside areas are linked to the outside areas with large open sides meaning smoke is free to travel everywhere.
This is not so noticeable as most tourists don’t actually smoke, but if you are unlucky enough to get a table of smokers nearby you have no choice but to enjoy the second hand smoke as well. I am writing this as I was having to experience this first hand recently in Spain and there seems to be a general acceptance that smoking is ok in Spain.
Are you allowed to smoke on terraces in Spain?
Among the measures is a total ban on smoking in open-air places where many people meet, such as the terrazas (bar, cafe, restaurant terraces) and beaches. Some private spaces, including cars, could also become non-smoking areas.
Can you smoke on Spanish beaches?
Irish tourists have been warned of a new rule on certain beaches in Spain that could see people fined heft sums. Smoking is now illegal on all beaches in Barcelona, with the ban coming into effect since Friday, July 1. This means that anyone caught smoking on any of the city’s beaches will be fined €30.
The new law comes after a pilot project last year which saw smoking banned on four of the city’s 10 local beaches. The pilot project saw the amount of cigarettes butts left on the beach greatly reduced, which prompted the new law to be introduced.
READ MORE: The city website states: “This ban is based on environmental protection & the right of citizens to enjoy a clean public space, free of smoke & cigarette butts. ” Spain has some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in Europe. Smoking has also been banned on beaches in other parts of Spain for environmental reasons. READ NEXT :
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