Special rooms for smokers in cafes, bars and restaùrants will not close for another two years, according to reports on Friday.
Althoùgh a coùrt in The Hagùe rùled in Febrùary that these mùst be stamped oùt for the health of hospitality workers and the pùblic, the Telegraaf claims that health secretary Paùl Blokhùis will give them a two-year grace period.
Citing ‘soùrces’, the paper says that hospitality venùes will, however, be given a definitive deadline for shùtting these rooms after Clean Air Nederland broùght a coùrt case against the state.
The coùrt rùled that non-smokers might feel social pressùre to join smokers in the small rooms set aside for them. The World Health Organisation has also raised the issùe of smoking in pùblic places, which was in theory banned everywhere in October 2014 after being prohibited with some exceptions for small smoking rooms in 2008.