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February 2nd, 2009:

Should The Smoking Ban Be Delayed?

Feb 02, 2009

A survey has shown that the lung functioning of non-smoking workers in smoke-free restaurants was much better than that of non-smoking workers in exempted bars (“Stick by full smoke ban, urge academics“, December 10). Smokers continue to light up even though they know the dangers of smoking.

Owners of nightclubs, bars and mahjong parlours argue that a full ban will be catastrophic for their businesses, especially given the economic crisis.

However, it is unreasonable that they should be able to make a profit at the expense of the health of their members of staff. I believe there should be a prompt implementation of a full smoking ban in order to improve people’s health.

Also, once the ban has been agreed by the government, it must be enforced.