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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee




Following votes across UK governments, smoking was banned in all workplaces, cafes, restaurants, clubs, shopping centers, public and work transport. The ban came into force in Scotland on March 26th 2006; Wales on April 2nd; and Northern Ireland on April 30th. England enforced the ban a year later on July 1st 2007.

Smoking is known to cause lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Since the introduction of the smoking ban in public places, there has been a significant reduction in the number of smoking related hospital admissions for heart attacks, stroke and respiratory disease. These findings have been reiterated in many international studies. Smoking bans have been widely hailed as successful at improving health around the world.