• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Tougher smoking ban worries bar owners

The Local · 30 Apr 2013, 12:10

Published: 30 Apr 2013 12:10 GMT+02:00

From tomorrow, pubs and restaurants in NRW will no longer be able to provide designated smoking areas. Until now, smoking has been allowed in smaller bars and in certain areas of restaurants, Rheinische Post.

The Social Democrats and Greens, who have had a majority in government since May of last year, pushed the ban through despite fierce opposition from the federal Christian Democratic Union, junior coalition party the Free Democrats and the Pirate Party, as well as a sizeable Social Democrat base.

Martina Pötschke-Langer of the German Cancer Research Centre welcomed the law, saying that businesses had benefited from far too many exceptions allowed by the previous ban. The only exception under the new law applies to private events like family parties.

The ban also applies to electronic cigarettes and shisha pipes. The only other German state with similarly strict regulation is Bavaria. Elsewhere, anti-smoking laws are more lax. In Baden-Württemberg and Bremen people are allowed to smoke in marquees and in the side rooms of bars and clubs. And in Hamburg and Berlin, pubs of 75 square-metres or less can be designated "smoking" bars.

But some claim the new law puts businesses at risk. The German Hotel and Hospitality Association (Dehoga) in NRW said that the survival of up to 3,000 businesses could be in question.

Spokesman for the association, Thorsten Hellwig calculated that for a company to earn €1,600 a month, it needs an annual turnover of €140,000. Should the smoking ban cause a 20 percent decline in sales, that would leave business-owners with just €1,000 a month.

Frank Holzhauer, who has owned a bar in Bochum for 12 years, said he feared for his future. "I might have to close in the winter," he told the taz newspaper.

Story continues below…

The Local/kkf

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
German court to probe ECB bond-buying
Germany's Constitutional Court is expected to find a compromise. Photo: Tobias Helfrich/Wikimedia Commons

German court to probe ECB bond-buying
8 hours ago

Could Germany's top court rule that the European Central Bank's bong buying is illegal?

Focus
Merkel isolated as allies slam door on refugees
German chancellor Angela Merkel will struggle to pull the deal she wants from her European partners. Photo. Roland Weihrauch/dpa

Merkel isolated as allies slam door on refugees
8 hours ago

Can the "Queen of Europe" pull the refugee deal she wants from next week's summit in Brussels?

Alleged Auschwitz guard dies before arrest
Child survivors of Auschwitz, photographed by the Belarusian army. Photo: Mikhael Oschurkow

Alleged Auschwitz guard dies before arrest
22 hours ago

Croatian prosecutors had been urged to move quickly against 98-year-old Jakob Dencinger.

Kerry lauds Merkel's 'courage' on refugees
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Munich Security Summit. Photo: Andreas Gebert/DP

Kerry lauds Merkel's 'courage' on refugees
1 day ago

"We will join you...to stem this tide because of the potential of its damage to the fabric of a united Europe," Kerry.

Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Munich Security Conference: Photo: Christof Stache / AFP

Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich
1 day ago

"Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats."

Zoos show off animal lovebirds for Valentine crowds
Two black swans swim side by side in the Munich zoo. Photo: DPA

Zoos show off animal lovebirds for Valentine crowds
1 day ago

Anyone looking for inspiration in their love life this Valentine's day could do worse than a glance at the animal kingdom.

Merkel woos Cameron at Hamburg banquet
David Cameon, Olaf Scholz, and Angela Merkel at the Matthiae-Mahl" banquet. Photo: Carmen Jaspersen/ AFP

Merkel woos Cameron at Hamburg banquet
1 day ago

Britain "irreplaceable" in European foreign and defence policy.

Bavaria train crash
Controller 'twice tried to warn trains before Bavaria collision'
Flowers at the crash site: Photo: DPA

Controller 'twice tried to warn trains before Bavaria collision'
2 days ago

The rail controller in the south German town where two trains collided on Tuesday twice tried to stop the accident that killed eleven people.

France and Russia blast Merkel's refugee policy
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (l), Chancellor Angela Merkel (m), Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev (r). Photos: DPA

France and Russia blast Merkel's refugee policy
2 days ago

Close allies and bitter rivals alike are urging Merkel to change course.

Germany ‘must act now to defuse debt time bomb’
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had some grim reading in his briefcase this week. Photo: DPA

Germany ‘must act now to defuse debt time bomb’
2 days ago

A leaked government report says Germany's aging population is a debt explosion waiting to happen.

Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
National
Border controls, sea patrol: Merkel's plan to cut refugee arrivals
Sponsored Article
Back to Boho chic: Win your new season wardrobe
Berlin
Berliner fights police and bus driver for right to keep eating Döner kebab
National
What we know so far about the Bavaria train crash
Culture
10 essential words you'll need when visiting Cologne carnival
Technology
Army presents new camo pattern that can fool night vision goggles
Health
Disabled people explain what life is like for them in Germany
International
How to vote in the US election when you live abroad
Business & Money
The small town planning to get rid of small change
National
Top five inventions of Germany's 'patent king'
National
Pensioner crushed in hospital machine
Politics
Could Bernie Sanders get elected in Germany?
Society
Most German conservatives back gay marriage: poll
Politics
'Russia aims to weaken the EU. The refugee crisis is an opportunity.'
Gallery
Eight wonders of the world's biggest toy fair in Nuremberg
National
Islamists and Neo-Nazis both ready for violence, say spies
Frankfurt
Drunk-driving cop tries to escape through toilet window
Berlin
How Berlin Bowie fans paid tribute with art on ice
Police fight rumours they've been hiding truth on refugees
Berlin
Brave passengers grab man accused of shoving woman under train
National
Software bug means German jets can't fly at night
Rhineland
First suspects arrested after Cologne sexual assaults
Politics
Berlin to North Africa: take deportees or give up aid cash
7,128
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd