Over 80% of people now support the smoking ban, 76% want to ban cigarette vending machines and 70% want fag packets out of sight in shops. 800,000 smokers have given up as a result, heart disease and strokes have dropped significantly and now even smokers chokezone Greece is set to introduce a ban on July 1st.
So what will a Tory government do when it gets in? You guessed it, relax the smoking ban. Top Tories have been in talks with their tobacco paymasters for years on how best to tackle public opposition. FOREST (the cigarette manufacturer's PR machine) fund several 'astro turf' groups to garner support for their aims.
The Tories favourite is to 'allow' local authorities to introduce 'a smoking room' within pubs. This legislation will be quietly included in a bill within two years of the Tories coming to power. We all know that this will mean the whole pub will stink of smoke, punters will end up stinking of smoke and workers once again will have to work in smoky atmospheres damaging their health. There is no practical way smokers and non-smokers can mix indoors without harming non-smokers as well. If there was, believe you me, the new Labour fudgers would have found it.