On December 15, 2005 the Spanish parliament gave final approval to anti-tobacco legislation which included regulating smoking in the workplace. The legislation, which prohibits smoking on public transport, in offices and shopping and cultural centres and other public places, came into force on January 1, 2006.
Bars and restaurants with over 100 sq m of floor space have 8 months in which to construct a seperate area for smokers. Premises with under 100 sq m of floor space can decide whether or not to continue to allow smoking, but any that do allow smoking must clearly show that smoking is allowed. Airports, theatres and cinemas will be permitted to have designated smoking areas.