Cumbria councillors and pub owner Dianne Irving oppose the establishment of the smoke-free counties

“I wouldn’t like to see a large section of the community ostracised.

I feel we should look at a ‘hybrid’ solution. There should be places where smokers can go and where they can’t go, to give everyone a choice.

We have to remember that not having places to go to meet friends can impact on people’s mental health.”

Mayor and Councillor Pam Birks

Carlisle and Cumbria pub entrepreneur Dianne Irving reacts with local councillors to five counties to date becoming smoke-free and assuming a smoke-free status for entertainment and leisure customers who would not be permitted to smoke whilst having fun out of the venue they would visit.

Oxfordshire being the latest, Manchester City, Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside are threatening smokers and setting them at risk of not finding where to meet among people by displacing them from the exterior of entertainment venues, pubs and restaurants and coffee consumption centres where they would also go to smoke but deliberately would not be permitted to do so.

The move comes after a pandemic crisis set to superintend the conferred restrictions by immediately renovating them with new ones of another assimilated type before the climate could fade out. Dianne Irving issued a statement setting this to better and even proportions.

We try to manage the situation for smokers as well as we can with dedicated smoking zones.

We put them out at the front of the pub, for example, where smokers can have a dedicated place so it’s not affecting people and they also have somewhere to go.

For me, to ban it completely, that would just be another thing on top of everything in hospitality at the moment that we could do without.”

It could be something that we look at long term as smoking becomes less popular but, currently, I still feel places are struggling with things such as people standing inside and so if another ruling such as this was to come in, that would be another blow really.

People are already not coming because of the difficulty of having to book and move about between places and so people who smoke not feeling they are comfortable would just be another hurdle for people.

It’s something we could do without; the timing of it would be a bit poor given that we are trying to get back on our own feet.”

Dianne Irving, Pubs and hospitality venue owner

Cumbria area located South of the Scottish borderline and North of Liverpool and Merseyside councillors issued their own reactions to the plans and ban as follows:

“I wouldn’t like to see a large section of the community ostracised.

I feel we should look at a ‘hybrid’ solution. There should be places where smokers can go and where they can’t go, to give everyone a choice.

We have to remember that not having places to go to meet friends can impact on people’s mental health.”

Mayor and Councillor Pam Birks

“I would simply say that I would not like us to do anything that would make things more difficult for small businesses to get back on their feet as we reopen.

Of course, like many people, I would prefer to eat somewhere where people are not smoking but I think for the staff themselves having to manage the situation, I wouldn’t want them to have another thing to police.

Businesses have had so much to put up with during the pandemic – they don’t need anything else!”

Councillor Stephen Higgs
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