Our policy on smoke free legislation
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Comprehensive smokefree laws ensure that workers and the public are protected from the harmful health effects of secondhand smoke.
Smokefree laws were introduced to protect workers and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke. We will oppose any attempt to dilute the law or weaken its impact
Separate smoking areas with ventilation are not adequate. There is no safe level of exposure and the greater the exposure, the greater the health risks. Prior to legislation, exposure to secondhand smoke at work was estimated to cause over 500 deaths each year across the UK, including over 50 people employed in the hospitality industry – in pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. This was the equivalent of one hospitality worker dying every week.