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Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has collated the number of cases of illnesses caused by the effects of passive smoking since the implementation of the smoking ban in 2007. (203807)

We have commissioned research on the health impacts of smokefree legislation in England. However, early assessments are that this legislation is proving to be effective in significantly reducing levels of second hand smoke in enclosed public places and workplaces.

Research from Scotland has reported a range of benefits since smokefree legislation was introduced there, including dramatic improvements in air quality in pubs, improved health, reduced tobacco consumption and no increase in the amount of smoking in the home.