As the 1st July smoking ban looms, a poll has revealed that one in five smokers believe the ban on smoking in public places will help them to quit. From 1st July, smoking will be banned in public places, including pubs, clubs and workplaces in England. Anyone caught lighting up in a public place after this date will face a £50 fine. A pill which can help people to stop smoking is due to be available on the NHS within weeks.
Meanwhile smokers who seek refuge outdoors will face fines of £80 if they drop cigarette butts in the street as part of a drive to keep Britain tidy. The annual bill for tidying up cigarette butts from our streets is currently £200million.