Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Netherlands reverses their 2 year old smoking ban after owners complain of "plummeting profits"

From Reuters comes this November 3, 2010 news:

The new Dutch government has scrapped a smoking ban for small bars and cafes, reversing a public health measure introduced two years ago by the previous administration.

Health Minister Edith Schippers said Wednesday in a letter to parliament the move "gives consumers more choice".

Small cafe owners complained bitterly after the ban became official in July 2008, saying it sent their profits plummeting.

Schippers said the government will lift the ban immediately.

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