10 Years Smoke Free

 
On 1st July 2007 England banned smoking in enclosed public places. Although contentious at the time it has gone on to become one of the most popular and successful pieces of legislation ever. To mark the tenth anniversary of the ban Sarah McLusky talks to Life of Breath team member, anthropologist and tobacco expert, Andrew Russell about why the ban was brought in and what has happened since. Sarah also reminisces with chronic asthmatic Gaynor Williams, about the bad old days.

Andrew also picks up on these themes in articles for The Conversation and the Durham University website

For an ex-smoker’s perspective, watch this video produced by Fresh NE featuring Louise Morris who quit smoking 10 years ago, around the time of the ban.

For further information on the issues and statistics mentioned in the podcast this press release from ASH is a great place to start.

Inspired to stop smoking? Start here  If you experience breathlessness and need support, the British Lung Foundation can help.

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