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The Smoking Ban - Did It Work?

The Smoking Ban - Did It Work?

Many of us remember the days before the smoking ban. Smoke filled pubs where it was hard to see the bar. The office with the lingering smell of stale smoke. The nice meal you just bought having an aftertaste of a cigarette from all the smoke in the air.

That all changed 10 years ago with the famous (or infamous depending who you talk to) smoking ban.

No longer were you able to light up whenever you wanted, all work areas and public enclosed areas suddenly became no smoking zones. So overnight you need to go out into the cold (and mostly likely rain) to feed your habit.

At the time smokers venomously protested, saying it wouldn't make any difference, smokers wouldn’t quit and there would be little to no health benefits.

So for the smoking ban’s 10 year anniversary, we look at the effect of the ban, and if it really helped (spoiler alert, it really did).


Health Benefits

As we all know 2nd hand smoke is terrible for you, and the smoking ban has done a world of good to help with both the awareness of 2nd hand smoke and stopping it hurting people.

It is hard to believe but 10 years ago people had no problem smoking next to young children or pregnant mothers. Although we knew about 2nd hand smoke it didn't really hit the public consciousness until the smoking ban debate began.

It wasn't just in pubs that people stopped smoking. With the ban in place the idea of 2nd hand smoke was firmly in people's minds, and the number of people smoking in their homes plummeted.

And it all seems to have had an effect. The percentage of bar staff with breathing issues (who have been the most effected by 2nd hand smoke) dropped immediately. It went from 67% to less than 40% in under a year!

But that was not all. The rate of heart disease fell almost immediately as well. The amount of heart attacks fell 2.4% as soon as the ban came into place. That's the equivalent of 1.200 less heart attacks a year.

In fact over the last 10 years heart disease caused by smoking has fallen by 20% since the ban began!


Fewer Smokers

Since 2007 the amount of smokers has been steadily shrinking. Before the ban over 22% of the population smoked, now it’s less the 15%.

This is harder to attribute this drop to just the introduction of the smoking ban as there are loads of factors, from better education to the rise of e-cigarettes.

In fact the number of people who smoked was falling steadily even before the ban, but there is evidence to show that it might of sped it up.

A survey conducted by YouGov on smokers and ex-smokers found that 14% said the ban made them quit, while 20% said it helped the cut down.

It seems to have also stopped people taking up cigarettes as well. The number of young people taking up smoking has halved since the ban was introduced.

And now the rate of adults who smoke is the second lowest in Europe.

For many people the smoking ban was a massive wakeup call! It reminded them not only that cigarette was horrible for them, but that it affected so many other people as well.


Rise of E-Cigarettes

The smoking ban and all of the publicity surrounding it forced people to take their habits outside and away from the rest of the public.  It stopped them enjoying cigarettes inside and made smoking into a nasty vice instead of the social habit it once was.

And that's where the rise of e-cigarettes comes in. As e-cigarettes only produce vapour and dones not rely on burning tobacco, there is no 2nd hand smoke and there is no negative impact on those around you. And according to Public Health England, “e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful then cigarettes” so it doesn't hurt the user either.

That means that it is perfectly legal to use inside your favourite pub or club and it doesn't even leave a smell!

Unsurprisingly the take up of e-cigarettes was huge. Since 2007 e-cigarettes went from an extremely new and unknown device to the most common way people stop smoking. It has all of what was good with smoking before the ban, with none of the downsides!

If you want to make the switch and relive some of the glory days of smoking before the ban (and without hurting anyone) why not try one of our starter kits?

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