England smoking ban confirmed1st December 2006
The government has announced that smoking will be banned in public places in England from 1 July next year.
The ban covers virtually all enclosed public places including offices, factories, pubs and bars but does allow people to smoke outdoors and in private homes. Smoking in public places will be banned in Wales from 2 April. In England, from 1 July, pubs and restaurants will be required to display prominent "no smoking" signs around their premises.
The government hopes that 600,000 people will give up smoking as a result of the new law which will cost ¬£50m to implement. Ministers say it will protect everyone from passive smoking and will save thousands of people's lives.
The news has been welcomed by health campaigners. Dame Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said, "This is a victory for all those of us who have campaigned so vigorously to improve public health." But, Simon Clark, Director of the smokers' lobby group Forest, said that decision was "draconian‚Ä?.
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Title: England smoking ban confirmed
Author: Laura E
Article Id: 1382
Date Added: 1st Dec 2006