The Basque Parliament bans smoking in soccer matches and bullfights

Comprehensive Care Act Addictions and Drug Addiction prevents consumption of snuff glass water pipe and alcohol in sports grounds and equates electronic and conventional cigarettes

The fans of Athletic Club de Bilbao may not return to smoking a cigarette while watching a game at San Mames. The Basque Parliament approved yesterday, with the support of all parties except UPyD, the Law on Comprehensive Care for Addiction and Drug Dependence, which prohibited, with some exceptions, consumption of snuff and alcohol in venues where sporting events are held and will prevent smoking in certain bullfights. The law also establishes the same limitations for electronic cigarettes.

One of the most striking and controversial aspects of the standard is related to the restrictions set out to snuff and alcoholic beverages. Article 40 prohibits smoking “in all enclosed spaces and semi – public use, accessible to the general public or places of collective use, regardless of their public or private places.” With half – closed spaces, the text refers to “all areas located outside enclosed areas that are covered by roof and walls more than 50% of its surface that are not ventilated by outside air”.

This general restriction has a except, that opens the door to the possibility of smoking in dining and similar collective societies. The same article indicates that, in the case of spaces privately owned public use and non-profit, consumption of snuff “may expressly permitted by majority agreement of partner people.” In

addition to this general prohibition, it details a list specific areas where smoking is prohibited.Among them, the sporting facilities mentioned, “including annexed areas closed, semi – closed and outdoor”. However, in these outdoor areas, you can enable “annexed to the space hotels, which must be clearly delimited and marked places.”

The law also prevents the consumption of snuff in “theaters, cinemas and other public events carried out in enclosed spaces or semi – enclosed. ” This last generic reference could affect the bullrings, although, unlike what happens with deportivos- enclosures in this case whether the restriction on closed or semi – limited.

Limiting consumption of snuff affects both cigarettes or the like, as electronic cigarettes. Article 47 of the text indicates that “consumption by devices capable of releasing nicotine, the same scheme applies to the established” for the rest of means of consumption of this substance.

Moreover, Article 31 prohibits the “sale or supply” of alcoholic beverages in facilities “where sports events are held, as well as health, social health and social services centers.” This wording would prevent the sale of alcohol at sports events such as football matches, although not affect the concerts can be held in a sports arena.

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