As a smoker, I objected to the heavy handed approach of the British government’s ban on smoking in public places. Regrettably, I knew that it would only be a matter of time before a similar ban was imposed here in Spain.
It therefore came as no surprise when, early in 2010, the Government said that this year smoking in all public places would be banned but up to now, nothing seems to have happened. The minister for health has backtracked and said that the smoking laws will not come into place until 2011.
However, 2011 will be an election year when the introduction of this new law could work against them in the polls and so some observers doubt that anything will happen until after the elections. It will then depend upon which party comes back into power.