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Here in Cadiz the recent changes in the law are taking their time to come into effect. Although in most fully fledged restaurants it is now prohibited to smoke (or there is a small smoking section), you can still smoke in most bars and cafes. In many places they still haven't enforced the smoking / non smoking sections.
If you are a non smoker this is perhaps bad news as some places can get smoky; if you are a smoker, on the other hand, this must be good news for you!
You can buy cigarettes in the Estancos which have a brown and yellow sign saying Tabacs. Here the main brand is Fortuna which comes in a red and white packet. You can't buy packs of 10, only 20 and they cost 2.50€. Malborough and such like are slightly more expensive at around 2.70€. Although rolling tobacco isn't very popular here you can still buy it in the Estanco and it is a lot cheaper than buying ready rolled packs.
When buying it from a bar please note that you must ask the bar staff to 'activate' the machine as there is now an 'age control' mechanism to keep an eye on who is buying tobacco.
If you can't speak Spanish if you wave in the general direction of the machine they will understand you. Cigarettes is 'Cigarros' in Spanish or you can also mumble something about 'la maquina' (makina) which means the machine.
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