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Smoking alive and well in the UK

January 1, 2008

A great many people undertake to stop smoking in the new year. Yet despite the ban on smoking in public introduced on July 1st in the UK last year, it doesn’t appear to be having much impact.

A little before midnight last night the bar was full people getting a drink to see in the new year. Shortly after midnight those same people were out in the garden of the pub, breathing deep on the first smoke of the year.

The way in which the law was implemented is a little odd, because liability does not lie with smoker… If you are the perpetrator of a crime you can reasonably expect to get punished if you get caught. Not so if you’re a smoker. If a smoker is caught smoking in a bar, the bar owner is fined. Just doesn’t seem right.

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