Thanks to the sterling efforts of my colleague at TICAP Wiel Maessen you can smoke in a Dutch bar. Although the law was amended in November to exempt only family run establishments, it seems the free market has taken over and 52% of them allow smoking. This backs up a report where the Dutch Food Safety Authority (nVWA) in December found that “In June, inspectors found smoking in 28% of the bars they visited. That has now increased to 51%.”
There is an appetite for smoking bars in the Netherlands, I think ASH are quite wrong to say that there is not one here.
“Ashtrays have made a return in 41 per cent of Dutch bars and clubs where tobacco smoking is illegal, according to a Dutch News.nl story quoting the latest health and safety inspectors’ report.
Two years ago, 17 per cent of cafés and bars had ashtrays available in defiance of the ban, introduced in July 2008.
Now, taking small bars where the ban has been lifted into account, about 52 per cent of bars, cafés and discos no longer ban tobacco smoking, the inspectors say.
In addition, 22 per cent of cafés and clubs now have a separate tobacco smoking room.
Inspectors handed out 1,108 fines for breaking the ban in the first three months of this year.
The fine for a first-time offence is €300.”