Letter to Publican in reply to FOREST letter 12/07/99

Monday 12 July 1999
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The Editor
The Publican Newspaper,
19 Scarbrook Road,
Croydon, CR9 1LX

Action on Smoking
and Health

12th July 1999

Dear Editor

Re: Reply to FOREST Letter, 12.07.99

Martin Ball makes a predictable scare-mongering, interpretation of the Health & Safety Executive’s Draft Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).

The draft ACOP is still at the consultative stage. Everybody has the chance to respond and nothing will be introduced by stealth. If adopted, then the ACOP will not be law. Nor will it compel pubs and restaurants to prohibit smoking.

The ACOP will offer fresh guidance to employers based on the 1974 Health & Safety at work Act. Good employers have always taken all reasonable and practicable steps to guarantee the safety of employees. Moreover, lots of publicans and restaurateurs are leading the way with no-smoking areas at the bar, improved ventilation and signs that allow their customers the right to choose.

The Office of National Statistics show that 69% of smokers want smoking in public places restricted. FOREST are out of touch with the people they claim to represent.

Yours sincerely,

Phil Rimmer
Workplace Specialist


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