We petition the Government to review the impact of the smoking ban on pubs and clubs and consider an amendment that would give licensees the option of separate well-ventilated smoking rooms.
So reads the Review the Smoking Ban petition on the government’s e-petitions website.
I am no fan of the smoking ban, considering it to be a very bad piece of legislation designed solely to appease the anti-smoking lobby and grossly un-libertarian. I would therefore like to see the thing overturned but accept that to go from where we are now to where we were 5 years ago is sadly not going to happen given the puritanical bent that seems to run through the political and lobbying classes we currently have.
Given that, what this petition is calling for is probably a good first step, asking, as it does, for them to evaluate the fallout of their actions. Ok, we all know that governments like to look at the evidence and then do what they were going to do anyway but if it is out there, says what many suspect it does about the effect of the ban on the pub trade and has the government stamp on it then it’ll (hopefully) be harder for the anti’s to dismiss it.
On that basis I have signed it and I urge anyone who supports civil liberties, regardless of whether or not you smoke, to do likewise.