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The coronavirus pandemic has seen a dramatic increase in eating out due to safety concerns. However, this has led to tensions between non-smokers and smokers, who are already prohibited from lighting up indoors.

Five councils in the north of England have started insisting on a ban on smoking outdoors, as part of licensing conditions for restaurants and pubs.

These are Manchester City, Northumberland, Newcastle, Durham and North Tyneside.

North Oxfordshire hopes to become ‘smoke-free’ by 2025 and is considering a smoking ban for outdoor hospitality as part of the plans.

An area is considered “smoke free” when less than five percent of its population are smokers.


Five UK councils have imposed a smoking ban in outdoor hotels (Image: GETTY)


Coronavirus has increased the level of outdoor hospitality (Image: GETTY)

The government hopes to make England as a whole smoke-free by the end of 2030.

Scientists link smoking to a number of deadly diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes.

Defending their policy, a spokesperson for Oxfordshire County Council said: “Oxfordshire has set itself the ambitious goal of being smoke-free by 2025.

“Creating healthy, smoke-free environments – including considering outdoor seating proposals for 100% smoke-free hospitality – is only a small part of a wider range of county-wide plans. .

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Smoking was banned in pubs in 2007 (Image: GETTY)

“Currently, there are no deadlines for smoke-free pavement clearance proposals and nothing has been agreed yet.

“Any decision on this would ultimately be the responsibility of our individual district councils in Oxfordshire.

“Our Tobacco Control Strategy further outlines our 2025 Smoke-Free Plans, which include creating healthy, family-friendly smoke-free spaces, helping people quit in the first place, and supporting those who want to quit. . “

However, the move sparked outrage from smokers’ rights groups.


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“People complain about having to sit among smokers” (Image: GETTY)


Oxfordshire hopes to become smoke-free by 2025 (Image: GETTY)

Simon Clark, who heads the smoking lobby group Forest, commented: “It is not up to local councils if adults choose to smoke, and if they smoke outside during working hours, it is not up to the local councils to do so. is their business and that of their employer and not of the board.

“The public will want local authorities to help local businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic.

“They will also be expected to focus on issues such as employment and housing.

“Reducing smoking rates to achieve an idealistic goal is not a priority for most people and council policy should reflect that.”

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Smoking in England was banned for reception and indoor workplaces in 2007.

However, Deborah Arnott, who heads Ash (Action Against Smoking and Health), argued that more action was needed.

Speaking to the Guardian, she claimed two-thirds of the British public supported the ban on smoking outside pubs and restaurants.


Pubs across the UK reopened after the lockdown (Image: GETTY)

Ms Arnott added: “It’s not like it’s on anybody’s radar.

“People complain a lot that if they go out they have to sit among the smokers.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, 14.1% of the UK population were smokers in 2019.

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