Smoke-free Success In The Cotswolds

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Smoke-free Success In The Cotswolds

The first anniversary of England becoming smokefree takes place next week – and the ban has been well supported in the Cotswolds.

Since July 1st, 2007, smoking has not been allowed in offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, membership clubs and on public transport across the country.

The District Council's Food and Safety Team, who are required to enforce the law in the Cotswolds, have been working closely with businesses to help them comply.

Public Protection Manager Kate Bishop said: “We believe the smoking ban has been a great success in the Cotswolds. Our focus has been on education and information, with leaflets and drop-in sessions for businesses.

“We recognise the fact that, for many businesses, going smokefree has meant significant changes. It's not just about stopping people smoking on the premises. For example, businesses may have had to think about applying for permission to install a smoking shelter and ensure that people smoking outside do not cause a disturbance or create litter problems.”

The Department of Health has undertaken a series of surveys to measure awareness of smokefree law by businesses, their levels of support and understanding of the details of the legislation as well as the expected impact on their business. To date, there have been six waves of research conducted in August 2006 and in January, February, May, June and August 2007.

According to the latest findings, 98 per cent of businesses believe they are compliant with the new law, 87 per cent of businesses said they thought implementation had gone well and 91 per cent think the law will be obeyed. Support for the law is high with 78 per cent saying the legislation is a "good idea".

Kate added: “In the Cotswolds, we have found similar, if not higher levels of compliance within the District. The vast majority of businesses have welcomed the free advice and stickers we have provided.

“The ban is a major step forward for a healthier England and is likely to result in a drop in smoking-related illnesses. NHS figures show that second-hand smoke increases the risk in non-smokers of lung cancer by 28% and heart disease by 25%.”

Anyone requiring assistance or advice on smokefree issues should contact Cotswold District Council’s Food and Safety Team on 01285 623000 or email foodandsafety@cotswold.gov.uk. We have a limited number of free stickers still available.

The Smokefree England website at www.smokefreeengland.co.uk contains all the information needed to ensure businesses are compliant with the law and making the most of freely available advice.

Posted : 27/06/2008 17:37:55

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