As regards the Smoking Ban, it may well be true that tobacco smoke is harmful. If that is true, then tobacco smoke is polluting the atmosphere. People who create this smoke must therefore be stopped from polluting the atmosphere.
But who is going to enforce the cessation of the pollution? Passers by? Shop assistants? Church wardens? Railwaymen? Surely not? Surely, Government inspectors should be the people responsible for enforcement?
But this is precisely the position as it exists at the moment! Innocent people, people who do NOT produce the pollution, are being forced to spend time, effort and money enforcing the cessation of (tobacco smoke) pollution. I speak, of course, of PUBLICANS.
Publicans do not produce the pollution. It is a BAD LAW which forces them to stop the pollution. The smoking ban ought never to have been part of a health act (unless it was for the purpose of banning tobacco completely). If anything, it should have been a safety act.
The Health Act 2006 should be amended to remove the requirement for publicans to enforce the cessation of pollution.