The present legislation has reduced those who excerise their legal right to smoke cigarettes to the category of second-class citizens in spite of their sizeable contribution to national finances through the payment of the most obstructive duties and tax in the Western World.
As a result of this legislation, it is estimated that approximately seventeen public houses are closing weekly as drinkers elect to stay at home and drink cheap alcohol rather than suffer the indignity of standing in a huddle, often in the teeth of inclement weather, outside pub doorways.
It is not just publich houses which are suffering. In the Tyneside area alone four bingo halls and one casino have closed in the last 12 months due to chronic falls in trade.
The present smoking ban unfairly penalizes especially elderly people who make up the bulk of smokers in UK. It is astonishing that in the year 2010 there is regularly the sight of clusters of pensioners standing in the bitterly cold winter weather trying to light a cigarette outside cafe’s, resteraunt’s, pubs, bingo halls etc
Pubs, Casinos, working mens clubs, resteraunts and cafes should have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they wish for their patrons to smoke in their place of business. This is especially the case for private members clubs and casinos, which require membership prior to attendance, and those who wish not to enter a place where smokers can light up should not apply for membership. They have that right.
This amendment to the law would go some way to redressing the balance more fairly in favour of those who pay a considerable amount of tax to undertake a perfectly legal hobby as opposed to the present legislation, which reduces smokers to social pariah’s, huddled together in rain, wind and snow.