Guernsey to go smoke-free: when will the rest of the UK follow suit?

Wednesday 30 March 2005

ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Wednesday 30th March 2005


Guernsey to go smoke-free: when will the rest of the UK follow suit?

Guernsey has become the first jurisdiction within the United Kingdom to enact comprehensive legislation to ban smoking in public places and workplaces. Guernsey’s government voted today to make the island totally smokefree.  The new law is expected to be in place by the end of this year.   The change in policy reflects growing international support for smoke-free provision that has seen countries such as Ireland, Norway and New Zealand adopt totally smoke-free policies.


Dr. David Jeffs, Guernsey’s Director of Public Health commented:

“Guernsey’s smokefree  policy will have three principal benefits:

Firstly, all employees will have guaranteed protection from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke; secondly it will help smokers to quit, and thirdly, it will discourage young people from taking up the habit as they see fewer adults smoking.  This is one of the most important health measures ever enacted by the island government.”  


Deborah Arnott, Director of the health campaigning charity ASH, said:


“Guernsey is to be congratulated on this historic move.  The question that everyone will now be asking is ‘ When is the UK Government going to take note and abandon the half-hearted measure that is currently being proposed?’. Every employee deserves protection from secondhand smoke.  As more and more jurisdictions adopt comprehensive smoke-free laws, the UK government’s proposal will look increasingly out-moded and inadequate.”



Notes and links:


Contact: Deborah Arnott  020 7739 5902 (w) 079 7693 5987 (m) ISDN available

In Guernsey: Dr David Jeffs:  01481 725241 or Gerry Leroy: 01481 707311


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