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VOLUNTARY PUBLIC SMOKING POLICY FAILING

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The department of environment is unlikely to press for legislation to restrict smoking in public places, despite it...
The department of environment is unlikely to press for legislation to restrict smoking in public places, despite its disappointment about efforts to encourage voluntary curbs, reports the Financial Times (p9).

The government's deadline of 1 January 1995 for 80% of places used by the public to have smoking policies has already been pushed back indefinitely, the FT reports. A junior minister is expected to announce this week the latest results on the effectiveness of the voluntary approach.

Although 60% of public places have complied, this includes places like hospitals. Only 14% of pubs and 36% of restaurants have brought in effective smoking policies.
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