UK to ban indoor smoking!  

redmustang91 57M  
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2/17/2006 9:47 am

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UK to ban indoor smoking!

It will take a year, but good news for the health of staff in pubs. Breathing all that smoke is not good for you! Spain and ireland already banned indoor smoking. The high cost of medical care rather than concern for health seems to be making the difference...

British Ban Indoor Smoking
LONDON, Feb. 14 – After a tortured debate, Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a total ban on smoking in indoor public places in England – a move that seemed certain to end the time-hallowed traditions of the smoky British pub, where a pint of ale and a cigarette once defined the downtime of generations.

The decision, by an unexpectedly high margin of 384 to 184, brought England into line with Ireland, which barred smoking in public places in March 2004, and with Scotland and Northern Ireland, where bans are to come into force over the next 13 months. The local parliament in Wales has also said it will seek a full ban. The English ban is expected to come into effect next year.

The issue was seen as so divisive in the ranks of the governing Labor Party that legislators were given what is called a free vote, allowing them to defy the party line.

The Tuesday ballot overturned the re-election campaign position of Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, which had supported a partial ban permitting smoking in private members' clubs and pubs that do not serve food. The compromise would have permitted smokers to congregate in drinks-only pubs.

Opponents of that policy – including Patricia Hewitt, Mr. Blair's health secretary and, according to the Press Association news agency, Mr. Blair himself – had said passive smoking would damage the health of workers in any club or pub, whether food was served or not.

"This legislation is good news for tens of thousands of bar staff up and down the country," said Steve Webb, a legislator from the Liberal Democratic opposition. "The key issue has always been the health and safety of people who work in public places."

Ms. Hewitt said a total ban provided a "level playing field" among all premises serving alcohol.

The government says around 600,000 people will give up smoking when the new law is enforced. "This bill is going to save thousands of people's lives," Ms. Hewitt said, comparing the ban to the legal requirement to wear safety belts in cars.

Some smokers, interviewed on British television, said the decision was one more sign of a "nanny state" encroaching into private lives. But campaigners from many antismoking groups welcomed the move.

Alex Markham, the head of Cancer Research UK, called the ban "the most important advance in public health for 50 years" since researchers linked smoking to lung cancer. Ben Youdan, of the group No Smoking Day, said, "Compromises can't be made when protecting people against a killer."

SlimGoodGuy 38M

2/17/2006 10:59 am

After living over there for over a year, I noticed how much more people smoked compared to here in the US. I did my core clinical rotations over there and I got to see what it does to their health care system. A lot of patients are smokers. Since they are on the NHS, I can see how they would want to try to reduce the strain on that system. I'd like to hear this comparison to wearing seatbelts and reducing mortality because I could use an example/technique like that on my patients who smoke. It may sound like a simple comparison at first, but she implies that the thought processes that lead to compliance for one are the same or similar to the other.

saddletrampsk 54F

2/17/2006 12:20 pm

Indoor smoking bans work in Canada..I can now go to the bar and not smell like a dirty ashtray the next day..only like a beer vat..

redmustang91 57M  
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2/17/2006 2:11 pm

Anything that promotes good health I favor!

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