EPHA recently highlighted its serious concerns about the possible modification of Spanish anti-tobacco legislation which would allow smoking in the proposed Las Vegas Sand - Eurovegas casinos in Madrid. In line with the EPHA open letter, having the support of several international organisations, the XQNS Grassroots Movement for Public Health calls for further action in the framework of a Global Initiative to protect the Spanish anti-tobacco legislation.
DON’T TOUCH SMOKE-FREE SPAIN Global Initiative
Don’t touch the Spanish Tobacco law. Don’t touch Smoke-Free places !
The proposition of the construction of EuroVegas in Spain has led some Spanish politicians and hospitality and tobacco industry lobbyists to ask for a rollback in the current smoke-free law to add some exceptions for the gaming industry. The current Tobacco Act prohibits smoking in all enclosed public spaces. In effect for almost two years, it has widespread respect and support from the Spanish population.
The current Spanish smoke-free model has no exceptions, is defended by public health organisations and the people of Spain, and has triumphed over the old model of the 2005 Act that allowed smoking at the bar owner’s discretion and was only supported by the tobacco industry and hospitality lobbyists.
We’re asking you to reaffirm the success of the Spanish smoke-free law and support the government’s current position of not allowing exceptions to the smoke-free law.
The continuity of the new Spanish smoke-free model is not only vital to Spain but also to the entire Global Tobacco Control movement, since the use of this model has already been adopted by other countries.
In order to help us with the threat of rolling back the current law, we need your assistance as follows:
VISIT and JOIN the Grassroots Movement “Porque nosotros sí!” which brings together more than 260 organizations and associations in Spain. You can do so both individually and on behalf of your organisation (more important).
JOIN U “Porque nosotros sí! on our social networks Facebook to spread this global initiative.
SPREAD THE WORD on the home page of your website by placing a link or banner to Don’t touch smoke-free Spain, and please SEND US a SCREENCHOT with the banner included in your web page
SEND THIS INFO TO YOUR CONTACTS who would also support this movement.
Your support is crucial in sending a message to leaders in our country that the smoke-free law is fine how it is and should not be altered.
Thank you on behalf of the Tobacco Control movement in Spain. XQNS Grassroots Movement for Public Heath and the advancement of the Spanish Smoke-Free Law.
[English version] Letter M.Rajoy - Changes smoking law casinos (pdf)
[Spanish version] M.Rajoy - Cambios en la ley antitabaco (pdf)
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