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Voting on smoking ban ends
Smoky bar
Many cities are considering public smoking bans
Voting in the Big Smoke Debate - a poll of Londoners' attitudes to passive smoking - ends on Wednesday.

People living in the city have been asked whether more restrictions should be imposed in London's cafes, shopping centres, taxis, restaurants, pubs and stations.

The London Health Commission (LHC), which advises mayor Ken Livingstone, is running the debate, which it describes as one of the UK's biggest consultations on a public health issue.

It follows a Mori poll of 221 Londoners which found 71% were bothered by other people's smoke in enclosed public places.

Scotland, as well as the cities of Sheffield, Birmingham and Brighton, are also considering bringing in more restrictions.

Debate welcomed

Organisers say it is not about whether people should smoke, but where it should be allowed.

The results of the poll, which began on 28 October, will be given to Mr Livingstone and LHC members in January.

Mr Livingstone said: "I welcome the Big Smoke Debate because it gives Londoners a voice about a health issue which is important to their lives.

"I look forward to hearing what the public wants done about smoking in enclosed public places and to working in partnership with groups across the capital to increase Londoners' access to healthier, smoke-free venues."




SEE ALSO:
Scotland seeks public smoking ban
28 Dec 03  |  Scotland
Q&A: Passive smoking
25 Nov 03  |  Medical notes
Debate on smoking ban
28 Oct 03  |  London
EU public smoking ban considered
19 Sep 03  |  Health


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