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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 workplace. 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 offer 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

A administrative fine of at least €600 can be imposed when breaking the Ban on smoking Act.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency