From 1st of July 2007 virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England will become smokefree. A smokefree England will ensure a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke.
but... I'm Scottish and it is a joy to go for a few beers in a nice bar and not have your jeans and jacket stinking of smoke the next morning.
I'm sure that you'll find things a bit strange at first but it'll be a bit of a damp squid and everyone soon gets used to it.
Some smokers do find it works out well as they go outside and find an attractive fellow smoker out there. "Do you have a light?" then can lead to more promising lines of conversation and a new future, albeit a smoky one.
There are mixed reports on the impact on the pub trade but, in the main, good bars are continuing to do well.
As a smoker I agree with the law. Happened here a while ago. Happened in my house seven years ago when my patrner said, "If I stop smoking will you stop smoking in the house to help me?". I agreed and she went cold turkey and stopped there and then! Always stand outside (winter or summer) to feed my addiction. Sad really but I do enjoy a smoke...:(
I didn't agree with the change and still don't. Anywhere food is served fair enough but what I thought was a fairer idea was to allow the publicans to choose whether their pub was smoking or non smoking, that would give a choice to all. However its been here in Scotland for some time now and its gone without any problems at all. Bit of a wet squibb with all the panic talk really. Its here and its here to stay, I do know a few non smokers that go out more now but I know a lot more smokers who just get a carry out and stay in the house. In some pubs it seems to have hit the publicans quite hard, in others the drop in custom is much smaller, but all the ones I know have taken some sort of hit on their trade. you can see it yourself, the pubs and town centres are quieter. I think it depends on what sort of pub it is and the clientelle it has. Its here for you lot in England too so theres not really much to discuss really, its the law and you should obey it like we have in Scotland.