Smoke ban hailed by Johnson2nd July 2007
Health secretary Alan Johnson has hailed the smoking ban in England as the ‚Äúsingle most important public health legislation for a generation.‚Ä?
Mr Johnson said the restrictions on smoking in enclosed public places, which came into effect on 1 July, would improve the health of hundreds of thousands of people.
Pubs, clubs and restaurants, workplaces and all enclosed public places are now smoke-free zones and Mr Johnson said that it was a change that was popular with 80% of the population.
The chief medical officer for England and Wales, Sir Liam Donaldson, told the BBC that he expected the regulations to be implemented without any substantial problems.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland already have similar bans in place.
However, some pubs and other organisations in England have suggested there are isolated examples of opposition to the new smoking restrictions.
Dave West, who owns a club in central London, said he would allow staff and customers to continue to smoke - claiming that the ban is a breach of human rights.
Owners and managers of pubs and clubs which fail to comply with the smoking laws can face fines of up to ¬£2,500 while individual smokers can be fined ¬£50.
But the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) says a survey it has conducted suggests very few people will be deterred from going to pubs and that 840,000 people who currently do not go to pubs would become more likely to go to smoke-free pubs while the British Beer and Pub Association anticipated that beer sales would drop.
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Title: Smoke ban hailed by Johnson
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3315
Date Added: 2nd Jul 2007