When I first came to Spain everyone smoked, even in the supermarket.
The next few weeks are going to be very tough for smokers.
Maybe now is the time to give up. I have saved over 30 000 euros since I gave up.
I have been reading the El Pais newspaper and the following is a brief summary of the new law based on a article.
The sense of the new anti smoking law can be summarised in the following sentence.
"It is forbidden to smoke in shared closed spaces"
There are some exceptions:
Closed spaces where you can smoke.
In hotel rooms or hostals smoking must only be allowed in a maximum of 30% of the rooms. In the establishments where it is permitted to smoke it is only possible to smoke in the rooms, not in the corridors, hallways, lift, reception etc.
It will be possible to have smoking area in prisons and mental homes but not in the bedrooms.
It is permitted to smoke on the deck of a ship but not in an open air bus.
You can smoke in open air swimming pools, gardens, sports grounds or on the beach.
In private parties such as weddings or baptisms it is not possible to smoke because there will be waiters and other personel working there.
The individual who smokes can get up to a 30 euro fines for the first offence after the third time the fine will be between 601 and 100.000 euros. The owner of a public place such as a bar or disco can be liable for fines of between 601 and 100.000 euros.