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Public places in England set to go smoke free from July 1

Smoking in public places and places of work will be banned in all of Britain from tomorrow with England's entrance into an ever-expanding club of nations that bar the habit.
From 6 am tomorrow, all public areas, offices and other enclosed or partially enclosed places of work, and most company vehicles will become no-smoking areas in England.
Individuals will, however, still be able to light up outside buildings, in gardens and in the backyards of eateries.
Ireland became the first European country to impose a smoking ban in March 2004, and since then, Norway, Italy, Malta, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Finland and Iceland have followed suit with slightly varying restrictions. In Britain, public places have been no-smoking areas in Scotland since 2006, and in Wales and Northern Ireland since April 2007.
The European Commission is in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants. Cigarette-smoking is responsible for 650,000 deaths a year in the European Union, with a further estimated 80,000 deaths from passive smoking.
Britain's health ministry estimates the annual cost of smoking to the government-run National Health Service at between 1.4 and 1.7 billion pounds (2.1 and 2.5 billion euros, 2.8 and 3.4 billion dollars).
The legislation is aiming to reduce the exposure of non-smokers to the health risks of smoking, such as lung cancer, and cardiac and respiratory illness. The World Health Organisation classes passive smoking as a carcinogen.