Praise for the smoking ban on its 10th birthday
There are now 1.9 million fewer smokers in the UK since 2007.
Health campaigners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of smoke-free legislation in England, saying it has had one of the biggest impacts on public health over the last decade.
Laws banning smoking in virtually all enclosed public places in England – including offices, warehouses, factories, pubs, restaurants, railway stations, working vehicles and leisure centres – came into effect on July 1 2007, following Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Cancer Research UK said there were 1.9 million fewer smokers in Britain compared with when the smoking ban was introduced in 2007, with smoking rates now the lowest ever recorded.
The proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds who smoke had fallen to 17% from 26% in 2007, a record low and the biggest drop among all age groups.
A poll of more than 4,300 people for the charity found that just 12% favoured reversing the laws.
This positivity towards the ban is echoed on Twitter.
80 years ago 999 started.50 years ago colour T.V came in. 10 years ago the smoking ban came in. 3 brilliant events that changed this country— I am Groot. (@Gashead04Mark) July 1, 2017
10 years since indoor smoking ban and 30 since the full smoking ban on the Tube. There's been a huge shift in public behaviour and opinion.— Tessa Kendall (@tessakendall) June 26, 2017
10 years since smoking ban introduced. Stats - adult smokers down from 23% to 15%. Teenage numbers halved. BRILLIANT. #smokingban— Ruth Shearn (@RuthShearn) July 1, 2017
10 years since the smoking ban. Surely the best bit of legislation ever— Beige (@MatthewBeige) July 1, 2017
Many can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since the ban was introduced – it feels like a lifetime ago!
Blimey, 10 years since the smoking ban. Can't imagine smoke-filled pubs, seems like such a weird world.— Alex (@alex_titcomb) July 1, 2017
It's been 10 years since the smoking ban was introduced. F**k I'm old. pic.twitter.com/loIasRrWL2— Laura Chamberlain (@lauras_pen) July 1, 2017
Legislation surrounding smoking is still evolving, the latest change being the introduction of standardised green packaging on cigarettes coming into full effect last May.