Smoking is to be banned in all pubs and clubs in England.
Let me say that again... and emphasise the special word:
Smoking is to be banned in ALL pubs and clubs in England.
Previously MPs were going to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in England, except pubs which do not serve food, and private members' clubs. But this has now been overturned by a complete ban, and I am very happy about this, as it will help even more people. I work in a pub, so get my share of passive smoke, and I also socialise in pubs so I'm getting a lot of it. Now there are some who say that passive smoking has no effect but I know in myself that it is doing something, even if it's just a sore throat and stinky clothes. I also have a few friends who are 'social smokers', meaning that they only smoke when they are out and drinking. Hopefully they will cut down too.
I am also happy that MPs were given a 'free vote', which means that they did not have to follow party line and could vote with their conscience. When we vote for our MPs, we are voting for the party, but also for the individual, and if they are just going to vote for what their leader says then what's the point?? True democracy.
This should come into effect in Summer 2007.
Read the BBC article here
Read the Q&A here