HL Deb 17 October 2000 vol 617 c82WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they consider that not to be subject to passive smoking is a basic human right. [HL4104]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

The Government strongly believe people should have the right to choose whether or not they are exposed to tobacco smoke. That is why the Government have supported the licensed hospitality trade's Public Places Charter, which aims to increase the provision of non-smoking facilities in pubs, hotels and restaurants. The Government are also reviewing smoking policies in their own departments. The Health and Safety Commission has now recommended the introduction of an approved code of practice on smoking in the workplace and the Government are considering the commission's advice.