Date:8 May 2007 I Comments: 6 I Views:6,450

On 1st July England will become ‘smokefree’ and it will be illegal to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces.

People caught smoking in these places will be subjected to a £50 fine (or £200 if taken to court).

Employers failing to display ‘No Smoking’ signs on their premises could also face fines up to £1000 and £2500 if they fail to enforce the policy.

England is going smoke free to protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and it’s about time.

Visit http://www.smokefreeengland.co.uk/ for detailed facts and figures.

Or http://www.gosmokefree.co.uk/ for help on quitting.

Not only will the move protect many more people from second hand smoke but there is no doubt it will also greatly reduce the amount smokers’ actually smoke.

I’m looking forward to hearing just how much the change will impact the profit margins of tobacco companies in the UK. 

They have been feeding off the population like seedy drug pushers for far too long and deserve to be reduced to groveling institutions perpetually apologising for the suffering they have caused in a state of eternal damnation. But that’s just my opinion…

5 Tips to help you quit:

1/ It is easy to stop.

2/ Cravings are like little hunger pangs, nothing more. (The panic/stress/’seeing red’ is all in your head and caused by an addiction to nicotine).

3/ Nicotine takes about 3 weeks to leave your system.

4/ All that smoking does is relieve your nicotine cravings for a little while. Stopping smoking relieves them forever!!

5 / You can do it. Just make the decision to stop and do it. 

 

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Comments

  1. I’d like to think they haven’t made sufficient provisions and the change will impact their bottom line in a big way but they’ve probably had people working on ways to minimise losses night and day since the change in the law was proposed.

    But maybe, just maybe they don’t expect much of a change and maybe….just maybe….the change will be dramatic….

  2. I agree about the tobacco companies. Peddling dangerous drugs should be an offence but I guess you would then have to include coffee as well though I don’t think it actually kills. Well I just did a quick search and find that “The British Heart Foundation also says up to six cups of coffee per day will not significantly affect a person’s risk of coronary heart disease or stroke”
    Six cups only gets me to lunchtime so maybe coffee will be the death of me.

    I look forward to the time alcohol is banned in pubs and everywhere else.
    I’m sure it causes the deaths of more innocent people than tobacco. I certainly noticed it’s effect as a fireman attending hundreds of car accidents over my career. I’d guess that it was a factor in at least 50% of them. It’s effects on society are clearly seen any weekend in any town centre and of course it destroys many peoples lives and relationships though physical violence and alcoholism.
    It really should be on the dangerous drugs list.
    Steve

  3. john

    I totally agree Steve… I’m a smoker and I know the risks but as an ex-drinker I can certainly see where you are coming from. Puffing on a normal ciggy is not going to make me into a killer as would a person who had a skin full of ale then get behind the wheel of a vehicle! I of course have got to cut down as I am in the security business but I am not going to be dictated to when I am in my free time… I still believe that the no-smoking policy in workplaces should be enforced and in enclosed public places but when you have been smoking for getting on 36 years it is a big shock to the system to just stop! I believe the new younger smokers should be targeted more as in my case it is probably too late to make a significant difference! Yes I would love to stop, be healthier, wealthier, less smelly and more sociably accepted but it is hard, very hard…. John.

  4. Don’t worry John, just the fact that you want to quit is the one thing that will help make it happen.

    Afterall, if it’s something you want to do you will do it, right? You said yourself you don’t like being dictated to and if you think about it, that’s what nicotine is doing… It’s MAKING you smoke… Don’t let it keep winning…

  5. Aamer Sarfraz

    Guys: we found that smoking policy/law received significant support among staff/patients in our recently published work.
    Abstract:

    Higher prevalence of smoking among mental health patients and staff is a major concern and a possible target for health promotion. A survey of attitudes to smoking and smoking cessation was carried out among patients and staff in our catchment area in view of the NHS smoke-free initiative in the U.K.. We found that a majority (70%) of participants were aware of this initiative and 60% of smokers wanted to quit. Aids for quitting smoking were also viewed positively and combined methods and nicotine replacement were seen as most helpful. Our findings suggest that introduction of a smoke free policy is an excellent opportunity to promote smoking cessation among mental health patients and staff.