Smoking Ban Draft Is Put For Consultation

by Medindia Content Team on  July 18, 2006 at 8:15 AM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
Smoking Ban Draft Is Put For Consultation
The British government has banned smoking in enclosed places and has put the draft regulation out for consultation.

Health Minister Caroline Flint said that the government wanted to know about the people's views ahead of the ban. Anti-smoking groups are very happy and also said that it would be nice if the smoking ban extended to bus shelters and sports stadia. But the Tories say that the plan would be expensive and is very complicated. Initially the government let the private members' clubs and pubs that don't serve food to be exempted from the smoking ban. But now the MPs want a total ban.

It is found that a full ban would cost Ģ1.66bn to Ģ1.67bn a year and the total benefits are worth Ģ3.374bn to Ģ3.78bn. Ian Willmore, from anti-smoking group Ash, appreciated the government's decision to regulate smoking. This ban is already been in force in the Irish Republic and in Scotland and is working well. He also said that the ban should be extended to all mental health units and prisons. Nick Bish, of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, said that initially the ban should be handled with a light touch of enforcement of the rules. But the Conservatives, shadow health minister Andrew Murrison said that the ban is filled with complications.


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Let ban iot altogether, everywhere, no shops selling the damn stuff. You cnaot get aware formthis filty Dangerous habit, the adicts smoke everwhere
guest Saturday, July 22, 2006
Smoking bans are targeting minorities(smokers) First it was airplanes then the hospitality industry then parks,beaches cars and even your homes. It is all about de-normalizing smoking. Unfortunately the hospitality indusrty is caught in the cross-fire.
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