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The minister assures that there is a stable figure of 24% of smokers for five years

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More smoke-free spaces. The Department of Health of the Generalitat wants to limit smoking areas in Catalonia by law and prohibit smoking at public transport stops, such as buses, terraces of restaurants and entrances to educational centers.

The Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, explained on TV3 that five years ago the number of smokers stagnated at 24% of the population and that it has always been reduced by limiting smoking areas, since it encourages quitting.

On the other hand, from January the Generalitat will also offer nicotine replacement treatment to people with incomes of less than 18,000 euros, since they are usually expensive. Salut calculates that 600,000 smokers with few resources can benefit from these aids

After learning of the measure, the Barcelona Catering Guild assured that there is no citizen demand for the terraces of bars and restaurants to prevent smoking. Josep Maria Argimon proposed expanding smoke-free spaces outdoors, such as bar terraces, and the Gremi highlights that the Generalitat creates an “artificial problem”.

“Being a decision that impacts the operation of an entire sector, we have lacked a dialogue with those affected as well as a rigorous analysis of the economic consequences that it would entail,” considers the sector that regrets that prohibiting smoking in school environments and in spaces outdoor leisure such as terraces.

According to the Restaurant Guild, a study carried out by the entity last October 2021 revealed that citizens perceive terraces as “a space for coexistence” between smokers and non-smokers, and ask that the opinion of the residents be taken into account. users. That is why he wants to meet with the minister to talk about this issue.

A survey by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC) indicates that 72% of Spaniards are in favor of prohibiting smoking on the terraces of bars and restaurants and 28.2% would extend the restriction to eight meters around from the same.


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