Social media reacts as smoking reaches all-time low 10 years after ban

PUBLISHED: 08:30 30 July 2017

Legislation to ban smoking indoors in public places was introduced in 2007.

Legislation to ban smoking indoors in public places was introduced in 2007.

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Statistics have revealed that smoking has hit an all-time low in North Somerset, 10 years on from the introduction of the indoor smoking ban.

Latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) report North Somerset has fewer smokers than the national average, with 11.7 per cent of adults regularly smoking compared to 15.5 per cent across England – and that smoking has fallen by nearly five per cent in the district in the past year.

The data also reveals North Somerset is suffering fewer smoking-related deaths, with 230 recorded per 100,000 from 2013-2015, compared to 253 from 2007-2009.

Jill Iles, North Somerset Council’s public health assistant executive, said: “It is very encouraging that smoking prevalence in North Somerset has dropped by almost five per cent over the past four years.

“We now have the second lowest rate in the South West with only about one in nine local people still smoking.”

A Mercury poll revealed 82 per cent of readers support the ban.

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Paula Draper said: “I’m a smoker and always will be, but even I don’t like smoking where people are eating.

“But I still feel it’s wrong that we all have to go outside through all kinds of weather just for a smoke, there should be a room for smokers.”

Chris Tovey wrote: “It was, and still is, the best thing Tony Blair did. It has saved countless lives not only for those who gave up smoking, but also those who suffered secondary smoking as part of their job.”

Valerie Cole commented: “It’s a pleasure not to have to sit in a smoke-filled room when you go out – the cinema used to be the worst, looking at the screen through a thick haze.”

Shaun Jennings said: “Fewer and fewer people are smoking now so the indoor ban is having a knock-on effect. Plus kids are taught about the dangers of smoking in schools nowadays.

“I have only ever tried smoking so I can’t speak as someone who has been a smoker for years, but I think (the ban) is a good thing.”

Nick Smith wrote: “Smoking is a disgusting habit that has literally nothing good going for it. Everyone needs to give it up.”

Victoria Hicks said: “Pubs should have a smokers’ lounge.

“I don’t smoke myself but respect the fact that others do.”

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