UK government proposes smoking ban for England

[JURIST] The British government unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would ban smoking in most enclosed public areas, including offices, factories, cafes, restaurants and most pubs in England. Only private clubs and pubs that do not serve prepared food would be exempt from the ban. In addition to the ban on smoking in public places, the government has also proposed to place tighter restrictions on advertising of tobacco. The proposal for England comes a week after the Scottish Executive unanimously approved a ban on smoking in enclosed public places (see this previous report on JURIST's Paper Chase). Read the UK Department of Health white paper on Choosing Health: making healthier choices easier, which contains the proposed smoking ban. BBC News provides a summary of the report's key recommendations and has background on global efforts to curb smoking. Finally, BBC News has more on the proposed ban in England.

 

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