Although the January 2006 law that placed some restrictions on public smoking has provided some protection, many places still openly flout the law without enforcement and other places, like the Atocha Train Station in Madrid actually permit smoking inside the main atrium. It’s also quite funny to see at the beautiful new Madrid-Barajas Airport terminal 4, there is a ‘smokers box’ (which still allows massive amounts of smoke to escape) where smokers are forced to crowd into to enjoy their habit, while looking like lab experiments to those outside.
We attended a family wedding in Madrid and found it deplorable that in the main dining room – a space seating over 300 – many people openly smoked before, during and especially after dinner. This, despite there being about 30 children and infants in the same room – was this the 1950’s?
We all know that smoking is the leading cause of death in the world. It kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Yet despite this and the clear (but weak) trend in much of the western world to protect people from passive smoke, Spain suffers through this tortuous half effort at protection.
Can anyone tell me when Spain plans to plans to ban smoking from all indoor public places, including bars and all places serving food?
My wife and I love the food, wine, art and culture of Spain and would seriously consider moving there once they modernize their smoking laws and enforcement as much as they have modernized their transport systems.