Spain is to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants.
Health minister Trinidad Jimenez said today that she hopes to put the bill before parliament in 2010.
Ms Jimenez said studies in other countries showed similar laws had had no negative effect on the economy or business.
Spain’s 2006 anti-smoking law prohibits smoking in the workplace but permits it in bars of less than 1,100 square feet and in restaurants with larger floor spaces but which have specially adapted areas.
In practice, smoking is permitted in most establishments.
The Spanish Hostelry Federation claimed the proposed legislation, coupled with the economic crisis, could lead to losses of billions of euro.