“And as we tear through the statute book, we’ll do something no government ever has:
We will ask you which laws you think should go.”
An amendment to the unnecessarily spiteful nature of the smoking ban has been provisionally tabled as part of this bill.
We believe that an amendment which allows an element of choice for the UK’s 12 million smokers is not only fair to grant, but also grossly unfair to deny if we are to profess to living in a free and civil country.
Our aims are very moderate. We have no desire to inflict our smoke on people who do not desire it and ask that private members clubs, pubs, and restaurants that derive a significant proportion of their income from cigars, be allowed to allocate a separate, well ventilated room for patrons who wish to smoke.
The UK and Ireland are the ONLY countries in the EU to have treated smokers in such a spiteful manner. All others have implemented workable solutions which respect both smokers and non-smokers alike.
Over 5,000 pubs, clubs and bingo halls have closed, and 100,000 have been made unemployed by this vindictive law. Much of this damage could have been easily avoided by providing accommodation for smokers where those who are sensitive to smoke wouldn’t be remotely affected.
As part of the Great Repeal Bill, we ask that the relevant clause in the Health Act 2006 be amended to afford a social environment which is acceptable to all.