BAR owners who had hoped the new government would make changes to anti-smoking legislation have been left in the cold.
The Health Ministry has announced it will not be making any changes to the laws brought in last January.
It comes after Prime Minister Rajoy hinted during his election campaign that he might introduce separate areas for smokers and non-smokers in bars and restaurants.
“I think that, as with everything in life, extreme solutions are not good,” Rajoy told Antena 3. “I know that most people oppose this law that prohibits smoking everywhere.”
But any hint that the conservative party would once again allow smoking has now been stubbed out.
It comes after the National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking (CNPT) insisted the law had been a ‘success’ with an estimated 600,000 people kicking the habit since the law came into effect.