One Year After Ireland’s Smokefree Law: A Story of Success. Now British Public Demands Action
|ASH news release: Tuesday 29th March 2005|
|Ireland’s smokefree law is one year old today (Tuesday 29th March). The law has been a major health success, is widely observed without much enforcement being needed, and has overwhelming public support. Meanwhile, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has revealed that public support for smokefree laws in Britain is now greater than it was in Ireland before their law was passed.
Key facts about the Irish law are:
ASH reports that the latest opinion poll carried out by BMRB (fieldwork in January 2005) shows that 78% of the British public support a smokefree law covering ALL workplaces, including all pubs and all restaurants . In Ireland, a poll by TRNS mrbi carried out for the Irish Office of Tobacco Control in June 2003 showed support for a smokefree law including bars and restaurants at 67%.
ASH Director Deborah Arnott comments:
“The Irish smokefree law has been a resounding triumph. It is popular. It needs little enforcement. The dire predictions of the drinks trade have proved false, but cigarette sales have fallen and public health is improving as a result. This experience shows that bold political moves can be successful and popular.
In this country, the halfway house of the public health White Paper – with its bodged plans to exempt some pubs and private clubs – cannot stand.It is past time for the British Government to show similar courage, follow the example of Ireland and of the Scottish Executive, and bring smokefree workplaces and public places to Britain. Ireland deserves the applause and support of everyone who wants to cut the terrible damage done by smoking and to improve public health.”
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| Detailed results of the BMRB poll as follows:
Q6 The Government has announced plans to make most public places smokefree from 2008. Would you support a proposal to make ALL workplaces – including all pubs and all restaurants smokefree?
(Base = 1003)
The survey was conducted by BMRB International and involved 1003 interviews with adults aged 16 years and over in Great Britain. The survey was part of BMRB’s Access Omnibus survey and fieldwork was carried out between 28th and 30th January 2005. The BMRB Access Omnibus survey is representative of the GB adult population. Sampling is designed to ensure that the survey’s respondents correctly reflect the demography – gender, age, social grade, region etc – of the population being researched. The survey uses random digit dialling (RDD) to ensure that numbers not listed in telephone directories can still be included in the sample. Each residential number has an equal chance of being dialled.