Amendment of the smoking ban allowing proprietors of businesses to decide whether or not to allow smoking on their premises.(directed to the Department of Health) and
The smoking ban has lead to economic misery for many thousands of businesses. Pubs are closing at an unprecedented rate. Even non-smokers admit that the atmosphere in pubs has been adversely affected. The streets in our towns and cities are now being blighted by crowds of smokers gathering outside pubs, causing noise and litter pollution. Give landlords of public houses the choice - smoking or non-smoking! At the moment there are enough pubs for people to be given this choice - but for how much longer?(directed to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Both (quite preposterously of course) recommend the owner be able to choice whether to allow smoking on his own premises, and the World Health Organisation will be very unhappy with the Coalition if they allow such a proposal. Even though a European standard for air quality was published in 2007, rendering the ban unnecessary in the eyes of any reasonable person, the European Commission would also be horrified if anyone actually got a say in the matter on this issue.
A tally of 100,000 votes guarantees a debate on the issue. The petition is open for a year.
I have featured two petitions because they are directed towards different government departments. I have never been quite sure why it is the Department of Health's business to plan legislation affecting businesses. Anybody would think the health service had no problems of its own to sort out. This applies to Scotland as well. Scottish legislation on smoking, starting from the Department for Health & Social Care/Sport (or whatever) has been aimed at the hospitality industry and now threatens shops and vending machine operators.
It is fairly galling to feel one has to petition for the right to treat smokers with some dignity and consideration – no government should require its citizens to enforce such laws against one another.