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Smokefree England – 97% of premises comply with new law

7 August 2007

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Data published by the Department of Health reveals 97% of premises inspected in the two weeks after 1 July were smokefree as required by the new law.

Minister of State for Public Health, Dawn Primarolo, said: “All the signs are that businesses and the public have taken the new law in their stride.”

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So far, data has been collected from nearly 90,000 inspections, which includes 1,090 hotels, 6,783 restaurants and 9,568 licensed premises.

Enforcement officers found that 97% of premises were respecting the requirement to prohibit smoking in enclosed premises and 79% were displaying the correct no-smoking signage.

Department of Health

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