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PostSubject: Time for a rethink?   Time for a rethink? I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 01, 2009 4:48 am

Today is 1st July 2009, 2 years since the smoking ban was introduced, and as you'll probably be aware it is being discussed in the media.

So, is it time to rethink the whole idea?

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PostSubject: Re: Time for a rethink?   Time for a rethink? I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 01, 2009 9:38 am

1. No lives saved so far. Not one.

2. Several lives lost though, including the most memorable for me: nurse Cheryl Moss, stabbed to death after she was forced to leave the safety of her hospital grounds for a smoke.

3. Around 5,000 venues closed forever, around 100,000 people added to the dole queue.

4. 4-6 million smokers and their friends now stay at home every night instead of having a proper social life.

5. Heart attacks UP slightly in Scotland, not down by 17% as previously claimed.

6. Smoking rates UP in Scotland.

7. Smoking rates UP in England and Wales.

8. Latest polls indicate that over 75% of landlords want the ban amended.

9. Pubco shares reduced in value by over 90%.

10. Tobacco shares UP.

11. Smuggling rates climbing steadily UPwards across the UK and Ireland.

12. 5 Years after their ban, pubs are STILL closing at a rate of over one per day in Ireland. The newly available licenses are NOT being sought or renewed. This is unprecedented in Irish history.

13. Nearly three and half years after the ban in Scotland, pubs still closing at a rate of one per day.

14. 88 bingo halls closed forever. Each closure is a loss of £780,000 to the Chancellor. In reality it is nearer £1m when job losses are taken into account.

15. 90 workingmens clubs gone. The amount of people these closures affect is staggering.

16. 53 + pubs now closing each week.

17. 5% of our pub stock gone, with a predicted 10% more to follow before the end of 2010.

18. Anti/non-smokers have NOT filled up the pubs and clubs, as touted by the fake charities like ASH, BHF& CRUK.

19. Hundreds of cafes and restaurants closed forever.

20. Street violence on the increase. Abuse of smokers outside pubs is now routine.

21. For the first time in our history, a sitting government sanctioned discrimination against a sizeable minority.

Yes. Time for a rethink.

And as we can see the tide is turning. It was always destined to :

Sorry, fumiphobes*, your little fantasy about the smoking ban being adored is crumbling fast. You always said that the debate is over, well, that didnt really work out for you, did it, now?

* Fumiphobia : The irrational fear of smoke and smokers. Sufferers are advised to seek help.
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