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by | 27th, October 2005

‘HOW strange it is that a ban on smoking might actually improve not only the air we breath but our diets, too.

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After days of what the Times calls “shambolic discussions”, the Government has finally unveiled its Health Improvement and Protection Bill that will bring about a ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces and public places.

But while puffing at your desk is out, smoking in pubs and clubs is all well and good so long as the place doesn’t serve food.

And herein lies the rub. Food in pubs is routinely terrible. Waving farewell to the microwaved, snot-textured slops served up with chips can only be good news for the nation’s health.

Just because food is hot enough to remove the skin from your lips and described as being “farmhouse” does not mean it’s nutritious. It is merely filling. Drinkers are advised to forgo the crusty meat pie and just chew on the lemon is their gin and tonics.

And it seems a considerable body of people would rather smoke in pubs than eat in them. A survey conducted by the Times says that one in five pubs in England and Wales will stop selling food and allow customers to smoke.

This is, of course, not great news for bar staff, who, though no longer expected to act as waiters, will remain exposed to the effects of passive smoking.

One way to stop this would be for non-smoking bar men and women to work somewhere else. Or for the bar to be separated from the pub by a wall. Or for the bar to be relocated in the pub’s beer garden.

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