The smoking ban - A year on

PUBLISHED: 13:11 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 31 May 2010

Smoking Ban at The Old English Gentleman.
Saffron Walden.
July 01, 2008.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Landlords Cindy and Jeff with at the bar where No Smoking signs are clearly displayed.
Names (L-R): Cindy Leach; Jeff Leach.

Smoking Ban at The Old English Gentleman. Saffron Walden. July 01, 2008. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Landlords Cindy and Jeff with at the bar where No Smoking signs are clearly displayed. Names (L-R): Cindy Leach; Jeff Leach.

THIS WEEK is the one-year anniversary of the smoking ban. Fundamentally, it was the ban that encouraged many to ditch cigarettes and aspire for a healthier lifestyle. However, it may have just encouraged others to transfer their dependant habit outside.

THIS WEEK is the one-year anniversary of the smoking ban.

Fundamentally, it was the ban that encouraged many to ditch cigarettes and aspire for a healthier lifestyle. However, it may have just encouraged others to transfer their dependant habit outside.

West Essex Primary Care Trust provided impressive statistics regarding the progress of those attempting to quit smoking. From April 1 2007 to March 31 2008, 2805 people tried to stop smoking in West Essex. There was a 57 per cent success rate which equates to 1596 people giving up.

In the district, from April 1 2007 to March 31 2008, 705 people attempted to quit smoking and 445 of them succeeded which equates to a fantastic success rate of 63 per cent.

Jeff Leach, landlord of the Old English Gentleman on Gold Street said that the smoking ban had not affected his trade. Additionally, when asked whether there had been a change in the number of people eating, he said: "Yes, the amount of people eating has increased over the last year and I'd say it's probably because it's a lot less smoky inside."

He continued: "I know the customers prefer it now as I've had a lot of positive comments over the year."

However, the ban can have negative effects, as Mr Leach explained: "There is a lot more activity outside now which obviously creates noise on the street and can be a problem for the local residents."

The most important question regarding the smoking ban was also answered: "Yes I believe some customers have definitely cut down, perhaps not given up but definitely aren't smoking as much anymore."

Stuart Maddison, landlord of the Rose and Crown located in Ashdon, said: "A fair majority of the customers like the outcome of the smoking ban. The pub stays fresher and cleaner and before the ban there had been moaning about people smoking inside.

"It's had a great influence on some customers as 10 regulars in the last four months have given up."

John Markson, landlord of The White Horse Inn in Newport, said that the customers prefer the condition of the pub now. However, Mr Markson said: "The ban has simply encouraged smokers to go outside which promoted the idea to redecorate the garden to accommodate them".

Every Monday evening a clinic at the Saffron Walden Community Hospital, West Essex Stop Smoking Service offers a choice of one-to-one or group support with a trained specialist advisor. Research shows smokers are up to four times more likely to quit with the support of a specialist and pharmaceutical aids. Stop Smoking Support also offers home visits for people with circulatory or respiratory conditions who find it difficult getting to their GP practice.

Whether it is a smoker's first attempt to quit, they want to try again, or they need advice or support, the number to call for the Stop Smoking Service is 01279 827866.

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