Simple really, there are about 13 million people in this country contributing about £10 billion in tax and duty on the cigarettes they buy, these people are being told they are a strain on the NHS (£3.75 billion spent on smoking related diseases, see first line) , they cannot enjoy a tab and a pint after work away from non smokers who object, thus not harming anybody and told to leave a pub for choosing to partake in something that is not only legal, but a massive contribution to the budget. Ban smoking completely, until then give us equal rights.
I know there are a lot of similar ideas to this one, but I want to make it very clear that I nor any other smokers would call for a complete repeal on the smoking ban, it has already gone to far , it is too late, in hindsight maybe we should of stood up before the ban and said "this is not right, we want equal rights" etc, anyway i digress, My proposal is a system wear a pub owner will apply for a "smoking license" where there will be a set of regulations the pub must follow in order to attain this license, also to keep it. The license could be for either of two things or even both, A full smoke friendly premises, a non smoking premises, or a mix of the two, this would obviously include well ventilated rooms with extractor fans and other measures to prevent smoke from entering the non smoking area ( i am sure this is not beyond the technological ability of a race that sent a man to the moon lol). I am fairly sure that the only people who will object to this idea will be the Anti-smokers, having said that , lets keep this debate civil and proper. NOTE: Nick Clegg has already said that he will not be considering altering the ban, however if we are loud enough maybe we can at least trigger a debate in the commons.