Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the introduction of the Smoke Free Law in England (Part 5) The Aftermath
The law came into force on the 1st July. On the second of July Paul received a complaint about smokers smoking outside.
One of the most important messages was that secondhand smoke affected the health of non-smokers in smoky premises. The Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre, with support from CRUK, had carried out air quality surveys before the law came in and then followed up with post-law surveys. The results were stunning with atmospheric exposure dropping by 95% and cotinine tests showing a big drop in the equivalent cigarettes smoked by both smoking and non-smoking staff. Extensive media coverage was obtained in October 2007 which strengthened the purpose of the law in the opinion of the public.
One year on….
Read more in Part 6
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