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Total Smoking Ban Goes Ahead

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A total smoking ban for all enclosed workplaces was given the green light this week after MP’s voted in favour of amending current legislation to include private members’ clubs and pubs that don’t serve food. MP’s were given a free vote on the issue, with a majority of 200 backing the amendments.  All enclosed workplaces will now be required to make their premises non-smoking by summer 2007.


Meg Munn MP for Sheffield Heeley, whose constituency office is smoke free, said: “This is great news for staff in Sheffield and across England.  The dangers of second hand smoke are so well documented, that a total ban on smoking in workplaces was the only possible solution.” 


In Sheffield, there has been significant support for a total smoking ban for some time. Over 300 organisations have pledged their support to the Smoke Free Sheffield campaign, and made a positive contribution to the health of their staff by going completely smoke free.


Caroline Burrows, Smoke Free Sheffield Co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that MP’s have taken positive steps to protect staff from the dangers of second hand smoke, and that the Government can now enforce the legislation without exception.  A total smoking ban is the only way to protect the health of all workers.”


A recent survey* showed that the number of people in the region who support legislation for smoke free workplaces had risen by nearly 20%, to 65% since 2004, while the number who opposed changes to the law has fallen by nearly 10%, to 25%, with 10% undecided. For more information on the Smoke Free Campaign, please visit www.smokefreesheffield.co.uk


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