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NEW RESEARCH FINDS PEOPLE WANT LESS SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES

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Environment Minister Baroness Denton today announced the publication of a research report on smoking in public plac...
Environment Minister Baroness Denton today announced the publication of a research report on smoking in public places. The research found that two thirds of public places surveyed had a policy on smoking and that more than four out of five people believed there should be smoke-free areas in public places to protect non-smokers from tobacco smoke.

Lady Denton said: 'This research confirms that unrestricted smoking is no longer considered acceptable in enclosed public places, such as restaurants, pubs and waiting rooms. People are entitled to breathe air unpolluted by tobacco smoke which can be harmful to health and cause discomfort to others.

'The overall finding that 66 per cent of public places surveyed had a policy on smoking demonstrates that good progress is being made towards achieving our voluntary target that 80 per cent of public places should be covered by effective policies on smoking by 1994.'

Lady Denton continued: My department intends to target breweries, restaurants, cafes and bus and rail waiting rooms to further encourage smoke-free environments. But the public also has a responsibility to make their views known, and I believe even better progress will be made if the public make known their preferences to owners and managers of public places.'

Approximately 70 per cent of those surveyed do not smoke, which matches previous estimates of the number of adult non- smokers. Significantly, 95 per cent of those surveyed thought that separate provision should be made for smokers and non- smokers in restaurants, cafes and other eating places and 66 per cent thought similar provision should be made in public houses. The survey has demonstrated that availability of non-smoking facilities in these places does not yet match demand.

The main findings have been published in a report entitled 'Smoking in Public Places: Survey Report' available from HMSO, priced £5.50, ISBN 0-11-752849-8.

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