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LibLink: John Leech – Smoking ban working

No smokingOn his blog, John Leech MP, reminds us that there has been a 12% decrease in childhood asthma since the smoking ban was introduced in 2007 (with Scotland leading the way a year earlier).

Smoking is an issue I feel passionate about; I have long supported campaigns to ban smoking in public spaces. However, I believe we need to go further and that research finding such as these studies should give us that impetus. In February of last year I signed an Early Day Motion (EDM 2724) that noted “the

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John Hemming MP: Why I’m calling for a review of the smoking ban

The smoking ban was a good example of how the UK tends to make bad law.

The debate at the time was whether or not to pass a smoking ban rather than how to handle the issue of smoking in public places – hence people were either for or against.

I supported, and still support, a general smoking ban. However, at the time it seemed clear to me that there was a strong argument for having ventilated smoking rooms.

What has developed is a situation where a number of pubs and clubs have lost custom with people drinking and smoking at …

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  • User AvatarDaniel Henry 24th Oct - 12:08pm
    Pretty much agree. I think in politics there's too much "rage against bad things" and simplistic "blame the bad people", often without substance on how...
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    I hope his opponents will check Salmond's attendance record form the last time he was in Westminster. I suspect he spent more time in TV...
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    Peter Watson I agree. Nick's speech will simply be read by teachers with incredulity. The idea that Nick is now going to focus on workload...
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    I am reluctant to "bang on" about the range of cheap and readily renewable sources of electricity because some people just seem incapable of grasping...