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New Clause 5 — Smoke-free premises: exemptions

Part of Orders of the Day — Health Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 14th February 2006.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham 6:15 pm, 14th February 2006

Does the hon. Gentleman not agree, however, with the Royal College of Physicians that one answer to the point made earlier by Mr. Robertson—my constituency neighbour—is that a truly comprehensive ban would reduce demand for smoking overall? The RCP pointed out that the comprehensive ban in Ireland led to a

"statistically significant increase in the percentage of smokers who banned smoking in their own homes after the smoke-free law was introduced".

So the more comprehensive the ban, the fewer the people who smoke, even at home, which is outside the scope of the ban.