Smoking statistics cast Dark shadow

THE smoking ban in bars, restaurants and other public places wasn’t just designed to protect the health of non-smokers. It was supposed to discourage those who already smoke to kick the habit. After its introduction in March 2006 a smokers’ life when out and about became much more difficult.

Not only did they have to go outside, regardless of weather, if they wanted a puff, but they were also increasingly alienated by a growing consensus that smoking wasn’t just unhealthy, but pretty selfish as well.