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Smoke ban will save lives

30th June 2008

A survey, funded by Cancer Research UK, has found that many more people may have stopped smoking since the introduction of the smoking ban in England in 2007.

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According to Professor Robert West, who researched the subject at the Health Behaviour Research Unit, has estimated 400,000 people gave up smoking because of the new law.

The result of people stopping smoking could mean 40,000 deaths are prevented in the next decade.

Professor West surveyed 32,000 people. He discovered that the number of smokers decreased 5.5% during the nine months which followed the new law, in comparison to 1.6% in the nine months before the ban was introduced.

Professor Robert West said he was surprised by the number of people who gave up: "These figures show the largest fall in the number of smokers on record. The effect has been as large in all social groups - poor as well as rich."

Jean King, director of tobacco control at Cancer Research UK, said: "The results show smoke-free laws have encouraged smokers to quit."

"These laws are saving lives and we mustn't forget that half of all smokers die from tobacco-related illness."

Other information has shown that the amount of cigarettes sold has also decreased since the ban was introduced. 1.93 billion less cigarettes were purchased in England and 220,000 less in Scotland.

Research by the British Lung Foundation found that of 1,000 people with lung conditions, over half - 56% - reported that they had "fewer attacks of breathlessness from passive smoking" in public places since the ban came into effect.

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 3rd July 2008 @ 15:14

The smoking ban is illegal as it infringes a persons right to choose how he wants to live and it must be withdrawn. No-one cares that if all smokers give up the huge impact it will have on the tax system, - how much more everyone will have to pay to make up the shortfall.


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