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A better compramise on the smoking ban.

Comment 5th August 2010

The ban is already in place and it is needed, but currently it’s so strict people may ignore it in many places such as railway stations, plus many outdoor areas are already well over 50% enclosed, but this rules is often overlooked by the council as long as people are put outside anyway.

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I think the smoking ban rules should be relaxed, firstly even smokey France had smoking legalisation long before we did in the early '90s than made it the law for restaurants to have smoking areas, that is something we should have done a long time ago instead of the one extreme to the other law that came in. I can see the argument that pubs are not health farms and that it’s the sort of place you don’t have to go into so therefore it should be up to the people whether or not to go in there, but I can see the need to protect the workers so a complete removal of the ban is not in the greater interest, however I think a relaxation of the law should be in the greater interest. Firstly the ban should be repealed in outdoor places where it is virtually unenforceable, like remote railway stations, at the moment a person standing away from everybody else at the end of a railway platform is breaking the law the same way someone standing amongst everybody else is. Maybe if the law allowed for parts of the platform to allow smoking more people would just go there instead of smoking anywhere. Also the ridiculous law requiring no smoking signs in obvious places needs to go; churches, gyms, hospitals and schools don’t need them they never had them before the ban or they may have been small in inconspicuous, because it was too obvious. Are we supposed these places are the exception to the ban if there’s no sign?

I also think increasing how enclosed smoking areas are allowed to be should be increased to more then 50% as it’s a place specifically for smokers to go, maybe allowing for indoor smoking rooms with legislation similar to that of the ones allowed in France would be a good idea. I also think there should be an exemption for Shisha bars.

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The ban is already in place and it is needed, but currently it’s so strict people may ignore it in many places such as railway stations, plus many outdoor areas are already well over 50% enclosed, but this rules is often overlooked by the council as long as people are put outside anyway.

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