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News - 25 September 2004
|Soon to be a thing of the past?|
Smoking ban inevitable?
Health Secretary John Reid has declared that maintaining the status quo on smoking in public places “is not an option”. It now seems inevitable that the UK will impose a ban on smoking in public places in some form or another.
Next month’s public health white paper is likely to be the catalyst for action after a period of public debate and informal consultation with both the pro- and anti-lobby. The calls for a voluntary ban have largely gone unheeded with only five pub and club chains giving serious consideration to the idea and no consensus amongst the 55,000 pubs about the details. The government has been impressed with the scale and success of the ban in Ireland, which because it is a total national ban is easy to police and enforce.
Until this statement it was thought that Dr. Reid had been heavily influenced by protests from the hospitality industry that profitability would be seriously affected by an outright ban in pubs, clubs and restaurants.
In Brighton & Hove the NHS Primary Care Trust has been running a questionnaire to determine public attitudes to a ban which they support. The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership is working with SEER Consulting to assess the impact of a smoking ban on the leisure & hospitality economy in the city
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