House of Lords written question – answered on 17th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the ban on smoking to public places that are not enclosed.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

On 9 March 2011, the Government published a new Tobacco Control Plan for England, which draws attention to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, both in the home and in family cars. The plan sets out various actions the Government will be taking to encourage smokers to protect others from second-hand smoke in homes and private vehicles, especially where children are present. Rather than extending the smoke-free legislation, we want people to recognise the dangers of second-hand smoke and then take voluntary action to make their homes and cars smoke-free.

Alongside the Tobacco Control Plan was published The Impact of Smokefree Legislation in England: Evidence Review by Professor Linda Bauld. We have carefully considered this peer-reviewed research evidence, which has informed the development of the policies in the Tobacco Control Plan.

Copies of both publications have already been placed in the Library.

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