Pub owner discovers the smoking ban loophole
13th May 2009
A loophole in the law that bans smoking at a public place has been discovered and being exploited at a pub in Barnsley. Locals at the pub must fill in a questionnaire about smoking habits before sitting down. The pub then turns into a “Smoking Research Centre” where drinkers can smoke legally in a separate room. There is a ban on smoking in enclosed public places in England and Wales. Thousands of people die every year as a result of smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Smoking greatly increases the chance of disease and ill-health. Smoking has been directly linked to lung cancer, heart disease and other major illnesses, as well being dangerous during pregnancy for the mother and unborn child. Smoking kills 120,000 people in the UK every year and is the single most preventable cause of early death in the world. Passive smoking is responsible for several hundred deaths in the UK each year. However with more help and support available, there are fewer adult smokers than ever before. More and more people are interested in quitting smoking. The UK is leading the world in the rates at which people are kicking the habit. Today only 3 in 10 men smoke, compared with 8 in 10 at the end of the Second World War. This means fewer men are dying from lung cancer. In women, lung cancer deaths have not yet decreased.