Hamish Champ: Smoking ban anniversaries will go on. And on. And on.

By Hamish Champ

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Related tags: English smoking ban, Smoking ban, Smoking

I see the second anniversary of the English smoking ban was marked in much the same way as was the first, with vociferous opposition from...

I see the second anniversary of the English smoking ban was marked in much the same way as was the first, with vociferous opposition from pro-puffers.

For my part I commemorated the ban at the Glastonbury festival by indulging in several roll-ups of a, er, 'tobacco-free' nature, but that's another story.

Back to reality, I'm intrigued that people advocating a return to legalised smoking in pubs believe it will come about by getting rid of the Labour government.

Fat chance. It will not be rescinded. Not even if the Conservatives, led by David Cameron, were to win the next General Election.

As for those backing UKIP, please, don't make me laugh.

I've said it before, I'm not anti-smoking. But the ban is in place. Yes, it's hit trade in some areas. And for the pubs concerned this is obviously a painful situation.

However most people I speak to, even smokers, are still in favour of it.

By all means fume at the restrictions on your liberty to smoke in a pub. Boo and hiss, if you must, at those of us who prefer our pubs smoke-free.

But the law ain't gonna change. There is simply no political upside to reinstating smoking in enclosed public spaces.

So why not take the passion you clearly show for the issue and channel that into making your pub a better place for the 'smoking dispossessed', even those who say "I'm never going to a pub again, so there", etc.

Why not ask yourselves how you could change your pub for the better, even under such 'draconian' legislation - which after all favours the majority of today's pubgoers.

Rather than banging your heads against a wall - for that is what trying to overturn the ban is, effectively - why not look at your business in a different way.

But overturning the smoking ban is not going to happen. Choose another battle, like how to get your smoking customers back into your pub. That is where you can​ make a difference.

In an aside of non-sequitur proportions, I've noticed more and more people smoking outside their houses near where I live. Is this because they enjoy the Great Outdoors of South East London™?

Or is it they don't want their kids breathing in their second-hand smoke, or their houses smelling like ashtrays?

Related topics: Legislation

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