MPs are to decide in a free vote whether to impose a ban on smoking in all England’s pubs and clubs.
I really hope that parliament has the guts to back a full ban on smoking in public places in England. I recently spent a night in Dublin, attending the Digital Media Awards with a small team from BBC Northern Ireland. One of the things that really struck me was that, after spending several hours in a packed bar, I awoke the next morning without the nauseating smell of stale cigarettes, and without the usual sore eyes and throat that usually follow such a night.
Still, with the tax revenue that is generated from the sale of cigarettes and alcohol in this country, I’m pretty sure that the government will bow to the industry lobbyists and revenue before health with a watered down ban. The benefit to the health of non-smokers just doesn’t register, unfortunately.
[Update:] Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs.