West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper has welcomed the introduction of the smoking ban in public places that came into effect on Sunday 1 July. Rosie Cooper has been an advocate of smoke-free legislation for many years, including a period as a trustee of the Roy Castle Foundation. In advance on July 1 Rosie was putting up prominently placed signs throughout her constituency office.
The smoking ban will mean significantly improved health for the public and ensure greater protection for those people working in the thousands of bars, pubs and restaurants across the UK.
“I am delighted the smoking ban has arrived. It will make a significant difference to our public places and our working environments and most importantly to people’s health. I hope the smoking ban will be the catalyst for many people who want to give up smoking altogether.”
“My mother was a lifelong smoker who died at only 62 from emphysema. It was a tragic loss, which had a devastating effect on my family. She had repeatedly tried and failed to stop smoking but in those days there was no smoking cessation help, which is readily available today.”
“One in two smokers will die of a smoking related cause and 600 people like Roy Castle who have never smoked die each year from the effects of passive smoking. In 1992, I introduced Roy Castle to the Moores family (Littlewoods) who then generously supported the Roy Castle Foundation. This led to the building of the only Lung Cancer Research centre in the world of which I became a Trustee.”
For those people looking to quit smoking more information can be found at http://www.gosmokefree.co.uk/