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Cigarette Smoke in Amsterdam

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Cigarette Smoke in Amsterdam

Hello, My husband and I are thinking of visiting Amsterdam and surrounding cities next August, but I have read that cigarette smoke is unavoidable in The Netherlands. I have a strong sensitivity to cigarette smoke, so this makes me wonder if we should go. So how bad is it? Will I be able to find restaurants that are smoke-free? Will there be smoking in museums and other attractions? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Cigarette Smoke in Amsterdam

Hi Audrey,

Any larger restaurant (> 50-100 guests) usually has a smokefree section. So ask for it before entering.

Most of the public buildings are completely smokefree now; even on outside railway platforms officially smoking is confined to a small section of the platform which is a bit further from stairs/lifts.

So yes, you can not COMPLETELY avoid. But situation is not much worse (for nonsmokers, that is) than e.g. UK or USA...

Have a nice time,

<Erik> & [Sandya] - avid nonsmokers

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2. Re: Cigarette Smoke in Amsterdam

We were in Amsterdam last week and did have smokers around us during a couple of meals. Nothing too oppressive though. The good thing is you will find LOTS of outdoor seating in August so you can avoid anything too smokey.

Don't miss Amsterdam! I prefer it to Paris and would love to go back.

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3. Re: Cigarette Smoke in Amsterdam

The Ibis Hotel next to Central Station is completely smoke-free and so is their restaurant. That's at least one. :-) I believe the new Moevenpick Hotel is smoke-free as well, but I'm not 100% sure. As Erik said, smoking in museums etc. is strictly prohibited so no worries there.

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4. Re: Cigarette Smoke in Amsterdam

hi audrey , if you do a forum search you will find a list of no smoking restaurants in Amsterdam... geoff

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