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Last Updated: Monday, 18 August, 2003, 06:22 GMT 07:22 UK
New role to stub out smoking
Man lighting a cigarette

Pubs and restaurants in Kent are to be encouraged to ban smoking on their premises by an new anti-tobacco promoter.

The NHS is looking to employ a full-time officer whose role it will be to try and persuade establishments to becoming no smoking venues.

When appointed the person will aim to educate places about the benefit of having smoke free zones such as that it will reduce diseases caused by passive smoking.

The Kent Alliance on Smoking and Health, (Kash) says very few public places in the county have adopted a ban at the moment.

The alliance has said that research shows that between 12,000 and 14,000 people die every year in the UK due to secondary smoking.

Graham Goldstone-Creasey, from Kash, said: "The remit is quite wide. When we talk about smoke free environments we are talking about smoke free environments in closed spaces.

"It is really about protecting the rights of the employees not to inhale second hand tobacco smoke.

"The latest statistics indicate that the majority of the public across the UK are in favour of a smoke free places."

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