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Friday, July 21, 2006

Smoking gun

The Welsh Assembly Government have to be congratulated on moving forward with their proposed ban on smoking in public places. It now seems possible that this will be in place before England (and also before the next Assembly elections).

A consultation has been launched along with a website seeking people's views on the details. However, it looks that what is eventually is put in place will very much mirror the ban in Ireland. Smokers breaking the ban would face a £50 on-the-spot fine - while the owner of the premises would have to pay £2,500.

A lot of people are concerned about how it will be policed but that has not proved to be a problem in Ireland where landlords enforce it in the same way as they enforce other licensing rules.
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