Pub smoking ban: 10 charts that show the impact

It’s 10 years since smoking was banned in enclosed workplaces in England, following similar moves in the rest of the UK. But how has the “pub smoking ban” changed the country?
Do you remember the time when pubs were full of smoke? When you could light up after a meal at a restaurant? Or when smokers didn’t have to congregate on the street outside offices?
The law, which marked a fundamental shift in attitudes towards smoking, is now 10 years old.
It banned smoking in all enclosed public places and work places when it came into force in England on 1 July 2007. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales had already taken the plunge over the previous 18 months.
Its backers justified it on the basis that smokers were putting others at risk by exposing them to second-hand smoke. But opponents suggested the risks from passive smoking did not justify the attack on smoking.

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