I have to say I am thrilled at the smoking ban that went through the Commons this week. The government is going to ban smoking in all enclosed public spaces from summer next year. I don’t smoke, which makes it an easy win for me, but I can hardly wait to be able to go to the local pub or restaurant without returning home stinking of smoke. And trips to the Borderline, traditionally resulting in sore throats and having to wash everything that went into the venue, will be transformed.
Sarah has a theory that the smoking ban will lead to a reduction in the consumption of alcohol as people won’t have such dry throats. She also thinks that people’s improved taste buds will lead to greater demand for quality drinks – real ales, drinkable ciders etc. Now, that would be cool.