Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Birmingham bids to be first in UK to ban public smokingOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Local authorities push Government to prohibit smoking in publicBirmingham could become Britain’s first non-smoking city, according to itsdirector of public health. Professor Rod Griffiths, director of public health for the West Midlands,said the country’s second city should follow the lead of US cities such as New Yorkand ban smoking in offices, pubs, restaurants and public places. He told journalists “the time was now right” to make Birminghamsmoke-free. His comments signal a growing trend among local authorities to lookat the issue, and puts further pressure on the Government to get tough onsmoking in public. Lobbying by the pub and hospitality trade has so far deterred the Governmentfrom implementing an all-out smoking ban in workplaces and other public places,as recommended by the Health and Safety Commission. This is despite the Government’s own Chief Medical Officer for England, SirLiam Donaldson, calling in Julyfor just such a ban. A London Labour MP, Gareth Thomas, has also introduced a Bill to Parliamentthat would make it illegal to smoke in any public place where food is served. Meanwhile, Sussex seaside town Brighton, which was widely reported as beingon the verge of voting in a ban, has denied it is putting such a measure inplace. A council spokesman said that rather than pushing for a ban, which itcurrently had no power to implement, councillors wanted to “makesmoke-free public places the norm rather than the exception”. In a separate development, a casino worker has won £50,000 in anout-of-court settlement after claiming that years of being exposed to cigarettesmoke in the workplace has left him suffering from asthma. Comments are closed.