Dutch minister admits smoking ban is a partial failure.
Small bars in the Netherlands can continue to ignore the smoking ban, as
Dutch Health Minister,
Ab Klink says he will not take new measures to enforce it. A ministry spokesperson
that there is "no need to change current policy. The smoking ban,
aimed at protecting
employees' health, came into force in July 2008. Small bars, which are
often unable to create
the required separate zones for smokers and non-smokers, increasingly allow
to smoke indoors. The Supreme Court decided in April that a number of convicted
who broke the smoking law should not be acquitted.
Bar odd-one out Figures collected by opinion pollster Intraval show that
the 41 per cent of bar
owners are flaunting the smoke-restriction law, and the violating rate
is increasing steadily.
Bars are the exception, as hotels, fast food shops, restaurants and sports
clubs are all obeying
the rules. The Dutch Food Safety Authority is checking whether patrons
are allowed to smoke
inside bars. The bar owner is cautioned twice and, if the smoking continues,
the authority can
impose successive fines rising from an initial 300 euro to 2,400 euro.
Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide, May 4, 2010
MPs say yes to extending smoking ban to all cafes and bars.
A small majority of Members of Parliament voted for a motion to reinstate
a complete ban on smoking in
restaurants, bars and cafes. Small-scale bars and cafes run by their owners
have been exempt since the ban was
relaxed in 2010 by the previous government. However, the ban, brought in
nearly five years ago, is widely
flouted in bigger bars, cafes and nightclubs. The VVD, Socialists, PVV
and 50Plus voted against, saying owners
of small bars and cafes are quite capable of deciding whether or not customers
should be allowed to smoke
on their premises. The government must now decide what to do with the motion.
Junior health minister,
Martin van Rijn said in January, he is working on a 'broad package of prevention'.
Source: Dutch News. nl, February 12, 2013
Smoking ban to be reinstated in all cafes in July 2014, said minister.
Smoking ban to be reinstated in all cafes, said junior health minister
Martin van Rijn in May 2013.
The ban on smoking in bars and cafes will be reinstated across the entire
hospitality industry in July 2014.
Changes in the tobacco law will be presented to parliament before October,
so that all legal obstacles
can be dealt with and the total ban is properly anchored in law. Once the
ban is reintroduced,
smoking will be no longer be allowed in small cafes and bars, which are
run by their owners. It will
only be permitted in separate sealed-off smoking areas without service.
'We are doing what we can
with controls, warnings and fines but our financial resources are limited,'
the minister said.
The Dutch smoking ban was introduced to protect workers rather than public
health in general.
However, the ban, brought in nearly five years ago, is widely flouted in
bigger bars, cafes and nightclubs.
Just 57% of Netherlands' bars and cafes now keep to the ban on smoking.
Some 61% of discos and 88% of cafes which serve food are smoke free, according
to health ministry
Dutch News. nl: May 3, 2013
Smoking Restriction at Amsterdam 2010
(L) Automatic vending machine for tobacco sale seen at the corner of a
(M) The entrance to the new Garden Wing of Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam
(R) The entrance to the old Victoria Wing of Park Plaza Victoria
(L) A sign board placed on the table of non-smoking floor of the Park Plaza
(M) Entire rooms are smoke-free at the Victoria Wing of the Park Plaza
(R) Smoking rooms are provided on the 3 floors of 5th, 6th and 7th of the
(L) The Park Plaza Victoria Hotel in the front of Amsterdam Central train
(R) The Ibis Hotel next to the Amsterdam Central train station
According to the smoking ban in Netherland, entire lobby and corridor spaces
Park Plaza Victoria has a new Garden wing and old Victoria wing. The Garden
wing provides 30 smoking
rooms. However, The Victoria wing is entirely smoke-free. The total guest
rooms are 306, and
the rate of smoking rooms is 10.2%.
Ibis Hotel Amsterdam Centre next to the Centraal Station has a total of
406 rooms/all are smoke-free.
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
(L) The beckoning cat behind a display window (R) Terrace seats of a pizza
house provide ashtrays.
(L) A tobacco shop in the red light district of Amsterdam (R) Smokers'
pub (A smoking space only)
A showcase of the tobacco shop near the Amsterdam Centraal Station
Smokers are welcomed in the night pubs.
A separate smoking room is provided in this coffee shop.
(L) Smoking and non-smoking sections are present in the coffee shop seen
(M) Smoking is allowed in the entire space of this coffee shop.
(R) A painted scrawling wall of a coffee shop in Amsterdam
Law is to stop pot-smoking tourists buying cannabis scrapped by Dutch government.
Tourists heading to Holland to use cannabis in the country's notorious
'coffee-shops' will be relieved
after a law banning it was ditched. The government planned to issue 'weed
passes' meaning that from
January 1 2013 only Dutch residents could buy cannabis. This was labeled
'tourism suicide' by critics
because an estimated one million holiday-makers a year, including Britons,
go to Amsterdam to legally
buy and smoke drugs. MPs have now ruled that each city is free to decide
its own legislation on the sale
of marijuana and hashish. Amsterdam's liberal mayor Laan has said enforcing
the law in his city would
only force pot smokers onto the streets. 'Instead they're just going to
try to find it on the streets,
leading to a larger black market, more disputes with dealers, no control
over its quality and all the other
problems we used to have.' The Netherlands decriminalised soft drugs in
the 1970s, making it legal to
buy up to 5g of marijuana from licensed vendors. There are currently around
750 coffee-shops in the country,
with around 220 of those in Amsterdam, mostly in the city's famous red-light
district where prostitution
is also legal. 'This law will put an end to the nuisance and criminality
associated with coffee-shops and
drug-trafficking.' Those opposing the law cited a fear that Dutch residents
could sell the marijuana they
could legally purchase on to tourists at an inflated price.
Source: November 1, 2012, Mail Online
(L) Smoking area provided at the 15th plateform of Amsterdam Central Station
(R) Amsterdam Centraal railway station with a steel round dome
Cigarette butts discarded outside of the Amsterdam Central train station.
Photographed in May, 2010.
Health warning on tobacco packages seen at Amstererdam airport
International Comparison of Tobacco Price.
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The article was written in March, 2008, and last revised in October 2013,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.
Photographs were taken in May, 2010.