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5 Years Smoke Free

03 July 2012

July 1st 2012 marked the 5th anniversary of the smoking ban in England. From July 1st 2007 it became illegal to smoke in enclosed public spaces, including pubs, bars, clubs, offices, buses and company vehicles.


Despite initial concerns that the ban would drive customers out of bars and restaurants it has proved to be extremely successful.  


The British Heart Foundation notes that not only did support for the new law increase after the ban but that it was also popular among smokers.


More importantly the ban has resulted in a reduction in heart attacks. In the first year after its implementation there was a significant drop of 2.4%,  equating to 1,200 fewer heart attack patients.


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