Adult cigarette smokers drops nearly 20% ten years on from smoking ban

Posted in Licensing | July 12, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

Ten years since the introduction of the smoking ban in Britain across pubs, restaurants and other public spaces, the number of smokers has fallen by 1.9 million, according to Cancer Research UK.

The smoking ban was introduced on 1st July 2007 and had a dramatic effect on the hospitality sector.

Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK Sir Harpal Kumar, called the ban an ‘enormous success’, commenting: “As well as protecting people from the deadly effects of passive smoking, we've also seen big changes in public attitudes towards smoking.”

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie said: ”The smoke-free legislation has been extraordinary in the way we now experience and enjoy pubs, clubs, restaurants and so many other public places. Young people have not had to experience the smoke-filled bars and clubs that once choked their parents and workers. They've grown up in a world where smoking is no longer socially acceptable.”

Cancer Research UK has calculated that the number of adult cigarette smokers in Great Britain had dropped nearly 20 per cent from an estimated 10.2 million in 2007 to 8.3 million in 2016, news which has been welcomed by health campaigners celebrating the10th anniversary of the legislation this month.

A poll of more than 4,300 people for the charity found that just 12 per cent favoured reversing the law, while a long-running Action on Smoking and Health (Ash)/YouGov survey showed support for the smoke-free legislation in England had increased from 78 per cent of all respondents when it came into effect in 2007 to 83 per cent now, primarily due to an increase in support among smokers from 40 per cent to 55 per cent.

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