SPAIN will step up its fight to stub out increasing numbers of smokers.

Since the anti-smoking law was introduced in 2006, the number of Spaniards who light up has actually risen.

Some 35 per cent of people – the fifth highest amount in the European Union – still smoke.

Now, Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez announced that new restrictions banning smoking in the workplace and on the underground will be put before congress.

Youngsters are the heaviest smokers, with some 33.7 per cent of Spain’s addicts aged 18 to 29.

However, banning smoking in public has been met with opposition from the Hotel and Catering Federation.

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