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Seven out of ten Spaniards in favour of banning smoking
ThinkSpain , Monday, May 17, 2010

Seven out of ten Spaniards are in favour of a complete ban on tobacco in public places and 32.8% say they would frequent restaurants and bars more often if smoking was banned in them.

These are the main conclusions of a report published today by the Spanish Society for Family & Community Medicine (semFYC),

which interviewed nearly 3,000 smokers, non-smokers and ex-smokers, in preparation for the 'Semana sin Humo' (National No Smoking Week) which runs from May 24th to 31st.

2,500 health centres across Spain and 20,000 health workers will participate in the 'No Smoking Week', with the aim of helping smokers give up tobacco.

The initiative also hope to "get the politicians to put a date on the total prohibition of tobacco and to put Spain on a level with other" EU countries like Italy, where the number of heart attacks dropped by 11% in a year since smoking was prohibited in public places.

Tobacco kills between 2,500 and 6,000 Spaniards every year and 80,000 people across Europe, mainly because of heart problems, but also because of lung cancer and links to sudden infant death syndrome.

30% of the population of Spain smokes, and although those aged between 35 and 60 are starting to give up the habit, more and more young people are starting every day.

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