Monday, November 28, 2005

Smoke ban 'may be total by 2007'

BBC NEWS | Politics | Smoke ban 'may be total by 2007': "Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt says it is 'only a matter of time' before there is a complete ban on smoking in public places in England and Wales.

Speaking on the BBC's Sunday AM, she did not give a specific timescale, but said a total ban would be 'simpler'.

But she also defended the current proposed ban, which exempts pubs not serving food and some private clubs.

A total ban is due to start in Scotland next year and in Northern Ireland the year after.

'I've said several times before I think it is only a matter of time before we get to a total ban,' she said."

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