Pub staff should choose South for a smoke-free life

Pub employees who want to avoid working in smoke-filled environments would be well advised to concentrate their job hunting in the south of England, a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA) has suggested.

It found a far higher number of ‘non-food’ pubs, which will be exempt from the government’s smoking ban, in the North than the South.

Leeds had the highest estimated number of non-food pubs in the survey, while Bromley, south London, had the lowest.

But with many councils having no idea how many pubs in their areas served food or not, the BMA questioned how the government planned to implement its proposals.

The government plans to ban smoking in all outlets serving food by 2008.

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