Scotland implemented smoke free legislation in March 2006. This will be followed by Wales and Northern Ireland next month (2 and 30 April 2007 respectively) and finally it will be banned to smoke in all enclosed public places in England from 1 July 2007.

As an ex smoker who has taken great pleasure going out to bars and clubs in Italy and Ireland, where the ban has been implemented a while back, I cannot wait until the first time I’ll come back from the pub and I won’t have to throw my clothes in the washing machine straight away. Like last night after spending a mere hour and forty minutes inside the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.