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VIEWPOINTS - OPINION

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Do you agree with the smoking ban?...
Do you agree with the smoking ban?

'This could be the biggest breakthrough on public health for years and will actually help many smokers give up.'

Ann Woodward

Head of policy and performance, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

'Yes - it was the most sensible way forward. This is far too serious a matter to have piecemeal compromises.'

Ian Wilson

Head of performance and development, corporate services, Darlington BC

'Yes, because it benefits others. As a smoker, no! It's not my civil liberties I'm worried about - it's getting hypothermia, smoking outside.'

Mary Collins

Democratic services manager, Richmond upon Thames LBC

'From a civic pride view point, litter penalties for cigarette butts discarded in streets may have to be more strictly enforced for a time.'

Mark Williams

Town clerk, Falmouth Town Council

'I smoke, but I do agree with the ban. It should also be extended to the House of Commons bars.'

Malcolm Dawes

Divisional director, Property & Design Consultancy

'There was sad truth in Dr John Reid's comment last year that there is a class of people in this country for whom smoking is one of the few pleasures in life.'

Jan Britton

Environment services manager, Buckinghamshire CC

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