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Strong backing for restaurant smoking ban, says Ash survey

11 June 2004
Strong backing for restaurant smoking ban, says Ash survey

Nearly four out of five people in the UK support a ban on smoking in restaurants and cafés, says a MORI poll commisioned by anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health (Ash).

The survey of more than 4,000 members of the public found 79% supporting a ban on smoking in restaurants and 78% backing a ban in cafés.

But just 49% supported ending smoking in pubs and bars, while 35% were against.

The level of support for smoke-free restaurants and cafés was in line with that for an overall ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces (80%).

Of those who supported legislation to make workplaces smoke-free, 64% wanted to see a national ban, while 21% prefered new powers for local councils.

Pro-smoking lobby group Forest said the poll should not be taken as a definite expression of public opinion and maintained that it contradicted other research that showed only a minority supporting a blanket ban in pubs, clubs and restaurants.

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