Smoking ban in different countries of the world. Part 5
Netherlands. Severe measures, cigarettes smoking beginning with January 1st, 2004 is prohibited in many public places, including railroad stations, trains, WCs and offices. Government also warns hotels, bars and restaurants that it will severe measures if they will not take their own measures on smoking limiting in their premises. In Netherlands approximately 30% or 16 million of smokers is a very high indicator as compared with all other countries of European Union, excluding Spain, Greece and Germany.
Norway. Here has been introduced ban for smoking in restaurants, bars and coffee shops beginning with June 1st 2004. Government has expressed its opinion that ban consists in the following: to protect employees that work in these places from passive smoking and "de-normalizing" smoking as social pastime. In Norway tobacco advertisement has been prohibited during 30 years and one pack of cigarettes had a price of approximately 6 euro. In spite of this one from thee people in country smoke.
Portugal has introduced restrictions from January 1st, 2008 but these norms are not as severe as some other Europe countries. Portuguese bars more than 100 square meters can choose either to smoke or not in their premises. In public buildings can be clearly stated zones for smoking with good ventilation.