Smoking ban is proving popular

THE ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces and in the workplace has proved to be hugely popular, according to Fenland District Council s smokefree environment adviser, Jodie Crane. Jodie has visited hundreds of premises since the ban came into force on

THE ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces and in the workplace has proved to be hugely popular, according to Fenland District Council's smokefree environment adviser, Jodie Crane.

Jodie has visited hundreds of premises since the ban came into force on July 1 and has found a great deal of support for the ban, both from customers and staff.

For six months before the legislation came into force, Jodie was busy advising businesses on how to comply with the new legislation. It has certainly paid dividends, with most businesses fully aware of their responsibilities and fully behind the ban.

Only a small number of businesses had failed to put up no smoking signs, largely because they were unaware that they needed to do so, as they had been smokefree since before the legislation came into force.

The Gallery Wine Bar and Restaurant in Wisbech has certainly noticed the improved atmosphere since July 1.

Jamie Kierman, of the Gallery, said: "It is now a much better environment to work in. The place is much cleaner and staff are not moaning about the smoke. Customers are certainly much happier. Many have commented on how they can smell the food now and how much better it tastes without the smoky atmosphere. We have also seen new customers coming to the Gallery as well as the regulars."

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The Swan Inn, Parson Drove has also noticed an improvement since the ban came into force. Glenda Ambrose, from the Swan, said: "The tables in the pub are cleaner and it's great not to be breathing in the smoke anymore. Trade has certainly not been suffering as a result of the smokefree legislation. In fact customer numbers are up.

"People that haven't been into the pub for years because of the smoke are now coming out with their families and enjoying a drink or two."

Smoke-free environments have also prompted many people to stop smoking. Local NHS Stop Smoking Service, Camquit, has seen an increase in smokers wanting to use its service to stop smoking.

Councillor Peter Murphy, portfolio holder responsible for environmental health, said: "We have worked with the local community and businesses across Fenland and I am delighted our efforts have been such a success."

If you are thinking of quitting smoking or want to know about Camquit, it can be contacted on 0800 018 4304.

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