Stop smoking anywhere and limit designated places

Ban them everywhere even at home as they are a health risk to the smoker and to the passive.

Place huge fines in public places, for smoking at home, and  increase penalties and taxes. Make it difficult for smokers to buy the cigarettes or even to import them as smoking cigarettes is plain stupid. Require public places to have designated areas and time limit or even a charge to use. Cigarettes should be treated as a drug class, banned in most places, and potentially as a criminal offense if it has effected someone or something.

Why is this idea important?

Ban them everywhere even at home as they are a health risk to the smoker and to the passive.

Place huge fines in public places, for smoking at home, and  increase penalties and taxes. Make it difficult for smokers to buy the cigarettes or even to import them as smoking cigarettes is plain stupid. Require public places to have designated areas and time limit or even a charge to use. Cigarettes should be treated as a drug class, banned in most places, and potentially as a criminal offense if it has effected someone or something.

Allow Publicans to offer their customers clearly designated, well-ventilated Smoking Rooms.

 

Since the smoking ban many people will have have rarely or never visited their pub.

I believe that there are many activities which might be deemed unhealthy and anti-social but which are not subject to comparable restraints. Driving petrol-driven motor cars is one example. We are all forced to breathe the toxic fumes of car drivers and there are no “non driving streets” to live on.

I know that some have a visceral hatred of smokers and will stop at nothing to curtail their activites. I hope this government is not of a like mind.

I know that you can still smoke outside a pub but this is not always convenient and I personally would prefer to smoke indoors, in the company of other smokers  – or people I knew had no objection to my smoking.

Smoking is not illegal and it seems to me to be unfair and illiberal to treat it as if it is, for the specious reason that it affects nearby non-smokers – because It NEED NOT affect them. If there were separate smoking rooms in pubs (clearly marked so that those opposed to smoking need not enter) this would solve the problem. Serving staff would not be required to enter the smoking room unless they had no objection. Many pubs are effectively self-service anyway.

Now that there is a new government committed to a more tolerant approach to the behaviour of the individual, and to the promotion of business, I believe that the time is right to amend the smoking ban to give pubicans the right to offer smoking rooms to their customers if they so wish.

Why is this idea important?

 

Since the smoking ban many people will have have rarely or never visited their pub.

I believe that there are many activities which might be deemed unhealthy and anti-social but which are not subject to comparable restraints. Driving petrol-driven motor cars is one example. We are all forced to breathe the toxic fumes of car drivers and there are no “non driving streets” to live on.

I know that some have a visceral hatred of smokers and will stop at nothing to curtail their activites. I hope this government is not of a like mind.

I know that you can still smoke outside a pub but this is not always convenient and I personally would prefer to smoke indoors, in the company of other smokers  – or people I knew had no objection to my smoking.

Smoking is not illegal and it seems to me to be unfair and illiberal to treat it as if it is, for the specious reason that it affects nearby non-smokers – because It NEED NOT affect them. If there were separate smoking rooms in pubs (clearly marked so that those opposed to smoking need not enter) this would solve the problem. Serving staff would not be required to enter the smoking room unless they had no objection. Many pubs are effectively self-service anyway.

Now that there is a new government committed to a more tolerant approach to the behaviour of the individual, and to the promotion of business, I believe that the time is right to amend the smoking ban to give pubicans the right to offer smoking rooms to their customers if they so wish.

Repeal requirement for no smoking signs.

s6 of the Health Act 2006, which requires the display of "No Smoking" signs on buildings open to the public, should be repealed.  If there was ever an argument for these signs, it was that the smoking ban was new and people needed to know about it, but the ban has bedded in now.

Why is this idea important?

s6 of the Health Act 2006, which requires the display of "No Smoking" signs on buildings open to the public, should be repealed.  If there was ever an argument for these signs, it was that the smoking ban was new and people needed to know about it, but the ban has bedded in now.

Lift the ban on Tobacco Advertising

I think the ban on Tobacco Advertising should be lifted for many reasons.

It should be brought back with a 50% tax on the revenue received from the advertisers. Tobacco companies will still choose to advertise and it will be a massive source of revenue for the country when it needs it most. It also assists with sporting sponsorship. The ban at the moment only appeases the nanny state but shows no benefit to society in actually reducing the take up of smoking. It also insults the inteligence of society by assuming that people can not make informed decisions and cannot educate their children appropriately.

There is also a level of hypocrisy associated with this ban that does not sit comfortably with me. The government is happy to receive the tax revenue from tobacco (which almost endorses its use) but bans the advertising.  I would also argue that alcohol is more dangerous than smoking yet the same dracconian laws do not apply to drinking.

 

Why is this idea important?

I think the ban on Tobacco Advertising should be lifted for many reasons.

It should be brought back with a 50% tax on the revenue received from the advertisers. Tobacco companies will still choose to advertise and it will be a massive source of revenue for the country when it needs it most. It also assists with sporting sponsorship. The ban at the moment only appeases the nanny state but shows no benefit to society in actually reducing the take up of smoking. It also insults the inteligence of society by assuming that people can not make informed decisions and cannot educate their children appropriately.

There is also a level of hypocrisy associated with this ban that does not sit comfortably with me. The government is happy to receive the tax revenue from tobacco (which almost endorses its use) but bans the advertising.  I would also argue that alcohol is more dangerous than smoking yet the same dracconian laws do not apply to drinking.

 

Repeal requirement for no smoking signs.

s6 of the Health Act 2006, which requires the display of "No Smoking" signs on buildings open to the public, should be repealed.  If there was ever an argument for these signs, it was that the smoking ban was new and people needed to know about it, but the ban has bedded in now.

Why is this idea important?

s6 of the Health Act 2006, which requires the display of "No Smoking" signs on buildings open to the public, should be repealed.  If there was ever an argument for these signs, it was that the smoking ban was new and people needed to know about it, but the ban has bedded in now.

Unecessary no-smoking signs

The legal requirement that "All smokefree public places, workplaces and vehicles are required to display no-smoking signs that meet the requirements that are set out in the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations" should be repealed.

The law is quite clear – what we don't need is to make it a further offence to fail to display signs to this effect outside churches (!), shops, etc, or inside offices and vehicles.

Why is this idea important?

The legal requirement that "All smokefree public places, workplaces and vehicles are required to display no-smoking signs that meet the requirements that are set out in the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations" should be repealed.

The law is quite clear – what we don't need is to make it a further offence to fail to display signs to this effect outside churches (!), shops, etc, or inside offices and vehicles.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Repeal and change the Smoking Ban

Repeal the current blanket Smoking Ban that damages local pubs, as well as being a breach of fundamental human rights such as the Property Rights (of the proprietor) and the Right to Choose.

In its placeĀ could be a law stating that smoking indoors should be sectioned off in such a way that smoke does not enter into the non-smoking area, and that ventilation should be in place to make sure a certain ratio of air to smoke exists.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the current blanket Smoking Ban that damages local pubs, as well as being a breach of fundamental human rights such as the Property Rights (of the proprietor) and the Right to Choose.

In its placeĀ could be a law stating that smoking indoors should be sectioned off in such a way that smoke does not enter into the non-smoking area, and that ventilation should be in place to make sure a certain ratio of air to smoke exists.

Smoking Ban

I believe the smoking ban in pubs and clubs should be repealed/ammended. It would make far more sense for a licence to be introduced. If a pub or club wants to allow smoking on the premises they should have to apply for a licence costing say 500-1500 pounds a year (depending on the size of the establishment) for a pub and say 2500 pounds for a club. That way it gives landlords and customers freedom of choice as there would still be plenty of pubs/clubs who don't want the licence whilst raising revenue for the government.

Why is this idea important?

I believe the smoking ban in pubs and clubs should be repealed/ammended. It would make far more sense for a licence to be introduced. If a pub or club wants to allow smoking on the premises they should have to apply for a licence costing say 500-1500 pounds a year (depending on the size of the establishment) for a pub and say 2500 pounds for a club. That way it gives landlords and customers freedom of choice as there would still be plenty of pubs/clubs who don't want the licence whilst raising revenue for the government.

Smoking

I do think the law on not smoking is mad !

First it is legal to smoke and give a lot of revenue to the governement , and having completly a band  on smoking in Pubs has affected trade is a very bad way , which it is not good for the economie!

The law should be:

If you have a Pub you should choose to be a smoking Pub or a non smoking Pub , so that people who cannot stand the cigarette smoke can go and have a drink semewhere smoke free and those who like to enjoy a pint with a cigarette can go to a Pub and do so .

 This is a compromise for everybody !!

Why is this idea important?

I do think the law on not smoking is mad !

First it is legal to smoke and give a lot of revenue to the governement , and having completly a band  on smoking in Pubs has affected trade is a very bad way , which it is not good for the economie!

The law should be:

If you have a Pub you should choose to be a smoking Pub or a non smoking Pub , so that people who cannot stand the cigarette smoke can go and have a drink semewhere smoke free and those who like to enjoy a pint with a cigarette can go to a Pub and do so .

 This is a compromise for everybody !!

Smoking

I agree with the other tags regarding smoking in pubs and restaurants, which say that smoking areas could be segregated.  Since the ban was introduced there have been hundreds of pubs that have closed and there are very many that are still struggling as they do not have the land/space to create external smoking areas.  Pubs are a British tradition.  Repeal this awful law.

Why is this idea important?

I agree with the other tags regarding smoking in pubs and restaurants, which say that smoking areas could be segregated.  Since the ban was introduced there have been hundreds of pubs that have closed and there are very many that are still struggling as they do not have the land/space to create external smoking areas.  Pubs are a British tradition.  Repeal this awful law.

Repeal (some of) the anti-smoking laws

 

Smoking as such is not illegal; nor is it immoral, at least where consenting adults are concerned. Smokers pay a huge amount of tax to the Government. And yet we can't light up in the pub, even if the landlord and the other customers think it's acceptable. Apart from anything else, this law is helping to destroy the British pub, a hugely important social institution which has historically been a tolerant place where everyone – even the sinner – is welcome.  Legislation for intolerance in this context is, in this sense, deeply anti-British. What we need is a system of segregation – at the discretion of the landlord – combined with GOOD smoke extraction technologies. As for staff who work in the smoking area, we simply need to give THEM the freedom to choose. This really is all about liberty.

Why is this idea important?

 

Smoking as such is not illegal; nor is it immoral, at least where consenting adults are concerned. Smokers pay a huge amount of tax to the Government. And yet we can't light up in the pub, even if the landlord and the other customers think it's acceptable. Apart from anything else, this law is helping to destroy the British pub, a hugely important social institution which has historically been a tolerant place where everyone – even the sinner – is welcome.  Legislation for intolerance in this context is, in this sense, deeply anti-British. What we need is a system of segregation – at the discretion of the landlord – combined with GOOD smoke extraction technologies. As for staff who work in the smoking area, we simply need to give THEM the freedom to choose. This really is all about liberty.

Smoking laws

The anti smoking laws are draconian and should be relaxed. In other european countries witb smoking bans there is a much more flexible approach to the law.

– Bars and clubs should be able to designate themselves as smoking venues providing it is clearly marked outside.

– Bars and Clubs should be able to designate a smoking room inside (in an otherwise non smoking venue)

This would allow both smokers and non smokers to have the choice that they want. Similar schemes operate in one way or another in France Spain and the Netherlands

Why is this idea important?

The anti smoking laws are draconian and should be relaxed. In other european countries witb smoking bans there is a much more flexible approach to the law.

– Bars and clubs should be able to designate themselves as smoking venues providing it is clearly marked outside.

– Bars and Clubs should be able to designate a smoking room inside (in an otherwise non smoking venue)

This would allow both smokers and non smokers to have the choice that they want. Similar schemes operate in one way or another in France Spain and the Netherlands