27/06/2007 - England Goes No-Smoking
On Sunday 1 July virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces will become smokefree, as the Health Act 2006 comes into force. Shops, offices, factories, pubs, cafes, restaurants, membership clubs, public transport, and work vehicles used by more than one person will all be smokefree.
The latest public opinion research, published by the government today also shows that 95 per cent of people are aware of the new law, with unprompted awareness of the 1st July date as high as 83 per cent, compared to 55 per cent in April. Around 73 per cent of regular pub-goers, support the introduction of the legislation.
A Spokesman for AICES, Mark O'Brien said, "We have worked hard over the last seven months to ensure that our Members are aware of the new law, how it affects them and what they need to do. Support has been provided to businesses and individuals by the Department of Health and local councils."
The next week sees the culmination of a wide range of awareness raising activities around England. These are being organised by Smokefree England alongside local alliances, councils, primary care trusts and other groups.
The smokefree compliance guidance and no-smoking signs can be found on-line at http://www.smokefreeengland.co.uk/resources or by calling the Smokefree England information line on 0800 169 169 7.
The public opinion omnibus survey was carried out by ICM Research and surveyed 1737 adults between 30th-31st May and 8th-10th June 2007.
The Office of National Statistics today also published the annual smoking related behaviour and attitudes survey. Further details are available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk