Partial smoking ban is ‘non decision’

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has attacked the government’s partial smoking ban as a ‘non-decision’ that will leave 100,000 staff exposed to second-hand smoke.

Giving evidence at a Select Committee on smoking, BHA chief executive Bob Cotton argued there should be no exceptions to a smoking ban in England.

Instead, he said that with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland introducing total bans, hospitality workers and the tourism industry in general would be better served if England followed suit.

The association is also opposed to the proposed exclusion from the ban of pubs that do not serve food, and private member clubs, Cotton said.

“As it stands at the moment, the proposal is unworkable and will lead to enormous difficulties in interpretation, and serious confusion,” he said.

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