Public in favour of ban

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A quarter of the public will visit pubs more often after the July 1 smoking ban, says new research.A YouGov survey for charity Action on Smoking and...

A quarter of the public will visit pubs more often after the July 1 smoking ban, says new research.

A YouGov survey for charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the British Thoracic Society (BTS) revealed 25 per cent of respondents expect to visit pubs more often and 16 per cent expect to pay more visits to cafes and restaurants.

Fewer than one in ten (nine per cent) said they will go to the pub less often after July 1st.

Half of those polled said they are "very much" bothered by other people's tobacco smoke and a further 24 per cent are a little bothered - a total of 74 per cent.

Women especially reported that they are bothered by tobacco smoke (76 per cent) and 28 per cent expect to visit pubs more when they go smoke free.

A third of young people also said they intend to visit pubs more often once they go smoke free, with 32 per cent of 25-34 year olds planning more visits.

Martin Dockrell, policy and campaigns manager of ASH, said: "This is very encouraging. Record numbers of smokers - especially the young - are set to quit for good, more people will be going to pubs and restaurants, customers and workers will be healthier. Even smokers are coming on board with almost as many supporting the law as opposing it. Everybody wins except the tobacco manufacturers and undertakers."

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