From 1 July 2007, virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England will be smoke free. This means that it will be against the law to smoke in the indoor parts of places such as pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants, lunchrooms, membership clubs and shopping centres. At work, smoking inside will become a thing of the past, and indoor smoking rooms will no longer be allowed. Public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person will also be smokefree.
Secondhand smoke is bad for health because it is a recognised carcinogen, which means that it is known to cause cancer in humans. Secondhand smoke can significantly increase a non-smokers likelihood of getting lung cancer or heart disease. And, because 85% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless, even though you think your workplace, pub or club is not a particularly smoky place you may be at more harm than you realise.
The government has launched an information line and website for people who have questions about the smoking legislation to be in place from 1 July 2007.
Smokefree England Information Line: 0800 169 1697