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|Pubs to Escape Smoking Ban
- But there'll be no food with your fags
ATMOSPHERIC, smoke-filled pubs are to escape the government's latest anti-smoking scheme.
Health Minister Dr John Reid is today set to announce a ban on smoking in premises which serve food which will hit most modern pubs as well as all restaurants, but will leave many traditional boozers intact, assuming pork scratchings don't count as food. Reid is said to be convinced of the health arguments in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but is also keen not to be seen as the man who killed off the old-style British pub.
Smoking bans have come into force in New York, Ireland and Norway and will soon be in force in Scotland. Although the decision to ban smoking is made for laudable reasons, some campaigners fear the extension of the state into issues of private behaviour and wonder where it will all end.
This week, for instance, Japanese researchers claim to have found a link between computer monitor use and the eye disease glaucoma. Somehow, it seems unlikely there will be a ban on people using computers.