Smoking Myths (SFA) - 2007
As the smoke clears: The myths and reality of Smokefree England[archive] was a document produced by Smokefree Action (at the latest March 2009, however the most recent reference they cite is October 2007) which claimed to list, and then debunk, 10 so-called myths about the smoking ban enacted on July 1st 2007:
- Myth: It will be bad for pubs
- Myth: It will be bad for bingo
- Myth: There will be large scale non-compliance
- Myth: There will be heavy handed enforcement with undercover officers and covert filming
- Myth: Working men's clubs and shisha bars will close
- Myth: People won't really quit
- Myth: Smoking is a victimless crime/ Claims about the health impact are flawed
- Myth: House fires will increase as people will stay at home to smoke
- Myth: There will be an increase in exposure of secondhand smoke in the home, affecting children
- Myth: The public do not want a smoking ban or any further tobacco control measures
Unfortunately, as time has progressed, the 'myths,' in large part have been shown to be facts.
It will be bad for pubs
Smokefree Action stated that:
CR Consulting (2011) on the other hand found that before the smoking ban, the closure rate averaged 0.6% (1990-2006) and after the ban, in the respective countries, the closure rate increased to 2.7% - over four times.
In 2008, the Valuation Office Agency had the following guidance to give regarding smoking and businesses:
It will be bad for bingo
There will be large scale non-compliance
This was never a myth to begin with, so quite why they feel the need to debunk something that wasn't said leaves one to wonder if this is merely a filler to get the list to 10 items.
There will be heavy handed enforcement with undercover officers and covert filming
SFA had this to say:
The reality, however, is much different:
- Irish publican Paul Finnegan didn’t even know he was facing jail time for breaching the ban (by allowing smoking on his premisis) until he read the story and saw his name in the papers on Thursday morning.
- Nick Hogan, 43, the former landlord of The Swan and Barristers in Bradshawgate, Bolton, UK was jailed by magistrates for six months for failing to pay fines and costs totalling £10,136 after he was found guilty of allowing customers to light up in January 2008.
Working men's clubs and shisha bars will close
People won't really quit
Smoking is a victimless crime/ Claims about the health impact are flawed
Smokefree Action state:
Thousands of death certificates are issued naming smoking as the cause of death, however not one person has had second hand smoke as the cause. Indeed, when presented with 'incontrovertible' proof that second hand smoke could have caused their death, the courts have refused to acknowledge it.
Of the three that were named:
- (Estate of) Mildred Wiley vs tobacco companies was found in favour of the companies (she had pancreatic cancer which spread to her lungs)
- (Estate of) Burl Butler vs tobacco companies was found in favour of the companies by a 11 to 1 majority
- (Estate of) Larry Ray Thaxton vs Norfolk Southern Railway was settled out of court before it came to trial.
Furthermore, Smokefree Action go on:
Lies. Statistics available from ISD Scotland show nothing of the sort.
A graph of total of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and Stroke, January 2005 to March2010, by Month shows the reality.
House fires will increase as people will stay at home to smoke
There will be an increase in exposure of secondhand smoke in the home, affecting children
The public do not want a smoking ban or any further tobacco control measures