Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Smoking Challenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Smoking Challenge

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Measures to cut down on smoking in public places do work ( if what we mean by `work' is that they cut the number of people who smoke.

It is difficult to credit now just how many places you could smoke in the not too distant past ( at work, in shops, in all parts of restaurants, on buses and local trains. Looking back the 60s and 70s seem wreathed in a thick pall of smoke.

And as smoking restrictions have tightened so the number of people who smoke, and the amount they smoke, has fallen.

This is partly because we have realised the dreadful affect smoking has on health, and partly because we have learnt it is possible to endure the commute to work or an afternoon in the office without recourse to a long drag on a cigarette.

The next steps in this anti-smoking crusade are hardly more severe than the last, in this context.

Will we perhaps chuckle at the memory of choking bars and stench-ridden smoking rooms at the office just as we do now at smoking permitted upstairs on the bus and ash trays on the desk. …

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