HC Deb 01 July 1980 vol 987 cc496-7W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals he has to protect those in the community who do not smoke cigarettes from the ill effects of atmospheres in public places where there is an appreciable density of cigarette smoke; and when he expects them to be implemented.

Sir George Young

This is not a matter for direct control by the Government but by those who manage theatres, cinemas, restaurants, public transport and public places generally. Non-smokers are now in the majority. Public expectations have changed. It is for those who must smoke, not for non-smokers, that special places should now be set aside. This shift of emphasis, to establish non-smoking as the norm, we aim to secure as widely and as speedily as we can.