London.—Ministers from the Balearics are heavily involved in negotiations with the central government in Madrid to obtain the permit that will allow the main tourist establishments in the islands to sell tobacco on their premises, just as it happens in the Canary islands.

Since 2005, when the anti tobacco law was enforced, that businesses can not sell it, but they now say that it is going against the demand of the trade and want the laws to be changed.

Joaquim Garcia from the Economy and Business department from the Balearics met this week in Madrid with the Secretary of State Alberto Nadal to expose the concerns from the Trade and Tourist Services Association from the Balearics (ACOTUR), who he met earlier, to try and find out what solutions and “possibilities exist to face the growing demand in the trade.” More meetings on the agenda until a solution is found
ACOTUR's point of view is that the Balearics should follow the example of other regions and allow the sale of tobacco in convenience stores, gas stations, kiosks, off licenses and stationaries (these have already been granted permission recently).

Garcia confirmed plans for future meetings with the government until they find a solution that pleases all parts involved, since the tobacco business generates important income to local shops.