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Title: Spain's hostelry and gaming sectors unite against Smoking Law
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A new platform which was presented in Madrid on Monday has called hostelry business owners and workers from across the country to a protest ...

A new platform which was presented in Madrid on Monday has called hostelry business owners and workers from across the country to a protest which is to be held in the Spanish capital on May 9 against Spain’s smoking law.

The extended legislation which came into force on January 2 this year bans smoking in all closed public spaces, and the platform, ‘Libertad Sin Humo’ – ‘Freedom Without Smoke’, wants it replaced with less restrictive legislation.

The platform was presented by José María Rubio, President of the FEHR Spanish Hostelry Federation, which has joined forces with the gaming sector in an attempt to get the law changed. He said the new law has brought losses of more than 20% to hostelry, while the bingo halls have said that their income dropped by 30% in the first three months of this year.

EFE reports that Libertad Sin Humo has already collected almost 600,000 signatures in support of their aim, and plans to present their petition to Congress and the Ombudsman during the first week of May.

 

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