Five local authorities have banned smoking in sidewalk pubs, cafes and restaurants, and others are considering following suit ahead of a new push by the government to make up England. Smoke free in less than a decade.
The covid outdoor eating culture has given a new visibility to the issue of smokers outside pubs and cafes. Attempts were made to amend the law in the House of Lords last summer To make sidewalks smoke free, but it failed.
However, Northumberland County Council, Durham, North Tyneside, Newcastle and the City of Manchester have banned smoking on sections of the sidewalk where bars, restaurants and cafes are licensed to set up tables. Although it has no policy, all licenses granted by Gateshead also stipulate that sidewalk cafes must be smoke-free.
Oxfordshire is also planning to ban smoking from outdoor restaurants as part of a major strategy that aims to make the county smoke-free by 2025, five years ahead of the government’s plan. England whole. It also plans to take strict action to stop the sale of tobacco to people under the age of 18, and to discourage smoking in homes, cars, play parks and school gates.
“Oxfordshire has set an ambitious goal of being smoke-free by 2025,” a council statement said. “Creating a healthy smoke-free environment – including making hospitality outdoor seating proposals 100% smoke-free – is only a small part of a wide range of county-wide plans.
“There is currently no deadline for smoke-free sidewalk licensing proposals and nothing has yet been agreed. Any decision on this will ultimately be the responsibility of our individual district councils in Oxfordshire.
“Our tobacco control strategy complements our 2025 plans to be smoke-free, which include creating healthy and family-friendly smoke-free spaces, helping people stop smoking in the first place, and supporting those who want to quit.”
Pro-smoking groups say local authorities such as Oxfordshire should not intervene. Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ lobby group Forest, said: “It is not the business of local councils if adults choose to smoke, and if they smoke outside during work hours it is for them and their employer. There is no council.”
The ban on smoking in public places indoors has been attributed to the major decline in tobacco use in the UK. There are concerns that allowing smoking in outdoor cafes will return to normal cigarette use after meals or with drinks, especially for those who have stopped, but with anxiety and mental health issues related to COVID and Are tempted to get back into the lockdown related habit.
Ash Chief Executive Deborah Arnott (Action On.) smoking and health), said sidewalk restrictions were popular with most customers. “Our surveys show that two-thirds of the public want areas outside pubs and cafes to be smoke-free,” she said.
“It’s not like it’s not on anyone’s radar. People complain a lot that they have to sit among smokers when they go out.
Pro-smoking campaigners have said that objectors should sit indoors. “But people want to sit outside. They feel safe outside,” Arnott said.
The interest in smoke-free footpaths comes ahead of the government’s publication of the latest tobacco control plan on June 9, which will be debated in Parliament the next day. Campaigners expect tough new measures to control smoking and help people quit.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned that the effects of tobacco are worse than Covid. He said that smoking probably killed more people than Kovid in the same period. Tobacco in the UK is estimated to kill 90,000 people a year in general.
“Lung cancer is now the UK’s number one killer of cancer. Around one in five people will die from it,” he said during a lecture at Gresham College in London.
“The reason people like me are so worried and upset about this cancer is because it’s almost entirely for-profit,” he said. “Most of the people who die from this cancer are so small that a small number of companies make a profit from people who have become addicted at a young age and then become addicted to something that they know will kill them. “
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