In the Netherlands, politicians are being accused of allowing the powerful tobacco lobby to exercise undue influence over smoking policy.
In recent years while most countries have been tightening anti-smoking legislation, the Netherlands has partially reversed some of its laws – allowing people to smoke in some bars again and cutting funding for anti-smoking organisations.
Big Tobacco didn’t change the law, the people did. Small bars and cafe’s united against the smoking ban, if the people don’t want a ban, there isn’t a ban. Many politicians believe that people should be free to choose if they want to smoke or not (what a novel idea – freedom). This indeed is an enlightened country.