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10 days to smoke-free England

21st June 2007

With ten days to go until a ban on smoking in public places goes nationwide, surveys show that support for the ban is increasing, along with awareness of the new law.

It will make smoking prohibited in all enclosed public places and workplaces, including shops, offices, factories, pubs, cafes, restaurants, membership clubs, public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person.

Public opinion polls show that 95 per cent of people are aware of the law and unprompted awareness maybe as high as 83 per cent.

Some 73 per cent of regular pub-goers support the ban.

Carline Flint, public health minister, said: "A smokefree England will see the single biggest improvement in public health for a generation.

"The scientific evidence is clear: secondhand smoke is a killer."

She continued: "Three quarters of people in England choose not to smoke and almost three quarters of those who do smoke say they want to give up.

"A smokefree England will help provide a supportive environment for those who want to quit."