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Ban on smoking in the workplace

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Employees in the Netherlands are entitled to a smoke-free workplaceExternal link. Workplace is understood to mean the employee's entire working environment. This refers to such areas as office spaces, company cafeteria, company vehicles, stairwells and toilets. Smoking is also banned in private offices.

Smoking area

An employer may provide a designated smoking area. This must be a separate and closed room and should not cause any nuisance to employees in the workplace.

Ban on smoking in the hotel and catering industry

Smoking is prohibited in catering establishments (e.g. hotels, restaurants and cafes) in the Netherlands. This ban on smoking applies to owners, employees and guests/customers. Smoking is only permitted on terraces that are not completely enclosed and in 'smoking rooms' that are completely closed-off. Customers may not be served in smoking rooms.

Fine in case of violation

An administrative fineExternal link of at least €450 can be imposed when breaking the ban on smoking.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency