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Smokers costing Cumbria's economy £137m a year, says NHS

The staggering cost of smoking to Cumbria’s economy has been revealed as £137 million-a-year.

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@ Shock and Awe,I do not partake in alcohol so please desist from slandering me in such a way.
On your second point, I have had to watch my own family torn apart by drug abuse which started off as 'having a sneaky fag behind the sheds with mates' then progressed to cannabis and heroin.
Think before you attack others for having an opinion other than your own.

Posted by Craig on 16 October 2012 at 12:33

The emperors new clothes blames smoking ban on landlords loosing money...ha. It's the silly prices they charge for a pint of shandy,,,, never mind a Guinness. That's what drives folk away. The only people who can afford a pint now are on benefits with 6 kids and no rent , poll tax or mortgage to pay.

Posted by Mr fox on 14 October 2012 at 18:36

If there is a necessity and a desire for smoke-free pubs why wasn't there any before the law was passed? Surely entrepreneurs across the country would have siezed upon this years ago and opened smoke-free pubs to meet the massive demand. No, the truth is that the only way the anti-smoking lobbyists could force their will on the people was to change the law, because smoke-free pubs never would have happened....they know it...we know it......and licensees across the country have lost their incomes and sometimes their homes because of this stupid ban.

Posted by The Emperor's New Clothes on 14 October 2012 at 00:52

Craig - No offence, but you don't half talk some rubbish. First of all it always amuses me that people in pubs are so health conscious when it comes to smokers, yet they happily gulp down poison - Yes Craig, alcohol is a poisonous chemical - drink enough quantity and it will kill you a lot quicker than cigarettes. In reference to your comments about recreational drugs, I would say that people that use such substances are seeking 'highs', tobacco will not give anyone any prolonged mind altered state so I would suggest that the first experience that most people have of their behaviour and state of mind being altered by a recreational substance is more likely to be through alcohol rather than tobacco.....hence I would say that alcohol is the gateway to further substance abuse.

Posted by Shock and Awe on 14 October 2012 at 00:43

Craig, are you aware that ordinary breathing ALSO "releases harmful carcigenic chemicals into the immediate vicinity of anyone unfortunate to be stood next to a" breather?


Posted by Michael J. McFadden on 12 October 2012 at 15:03

Probably the best way to get young girls to stop smoking is to run adverts showing how unattractive it is, or its only for dirty scruffy people.

Posted by Peter on 12 October 2012 at 12:44

Smoking is at best smelly and unsociable. At worst, it can lead to partaking in other recreational plant products which in turn can lead to abuse of other narcotics.
It is harmful to health, a contributor to littering and releases harmful carcigenic chemicals into the immediate vicinity of anyone unfortunate to be stood next to a smoker.
Banning smoking makes sense.

Posted by Craig on 12 October 2012 at 09:47

Here is an interesting story on pub closures- http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17889317
Notice that the smoking ban isn't even mentioned.

Posted by Jonny W on 12 October 2012 at 01:49

you make people smoke outdoors the tax from cigarettes is in the billions so just carry on sweeping them up your being paid enough to do it.

Posted by rabbit on 11 October 2012 at 21:16

The BBPA said in 2008 'The current closure rate is 33 per cent up on 2007. Pubs are now closing nine times faster than in 2006, and 18 times faster than in 2005. A total of 1,409 pubs closed during 2007. Pub numbers were down 216 in 2006 - four a week - following a fall of 102 in 2005 – two a week'.

Posted by Chas on 11 October 2012 at 08:15

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