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Working Towards a Smoke Free Community

On July 1st 2007, England introduced a new law to make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England smokefree. A smokefree England ensures a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke.

Why Smoke Free?

Second-hand smoke, also known as passive smoking, is other people's tobacco smoke and is a major source of indoor air pollution.

Some of the immediate effects of second-hand smoke that you might notice straight away are coughing, eye irritation, sore throat, breathing problems - possibly an asthma attack, and irregular heartbeat - a particular problem for people with heart disease.

The long-term health effects are a worsening of chest problems and allergies like asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and hay fever, increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. In pregnant women exposure to second-hand smoke can result in the harmful gases and chemicals being passed on to their babies.

All of this makes smoking the biggest single cause of premature death and preventable illness in the UK - killing over 120,000 people every year.

Studies have shown that the provision of no smoking and smoke free facilities has been proven to have either a neutral or positive effect i.e. increasing the sales of food by up to 50% and drinks by up to 20%.

Further Information and Advice

More information on on what smoke free legislation means to you is available on the Smoke Free England website.

It provides information and guidance to businesses, communities and individuals on how the legislation will affect you.