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Diabetes UK welcomes smoking ban

A ban on smoking in indoor public places in England from Sunday has been welcomed by Diabetes UK.

From midnight on Saturday, smokers will not be allowed to light up in enclosed spaces, including bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants or cafes. They will still be allowed to smoke outdoors, however, and in the home or places considered to be 'homes', such as prisons, care homes and hotels.

If caught smoking in any of the banned places, offenders could be fined £50.

Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, explained why the charity pushed for the ban: “Smoking has been proven to be harmful to the 2.2 million people with diabetes in the UK,” he said. 

“People with the condition are already at increased risk of heart disease, stroke and other circulatory problems. Smoking doubles the risk of these problems again. It is well known that 80 per cent of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease, which is strongly linked to smoking.

“We encourage and support people with diabetes to give up smoking.”

Smoking could still be banned at certain outdoor locations that are 'substantially enclosed', such as football grounds and railway platforms. No decision has yet been made on smoking inside cars carrying passengers.

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