Spies to enforce smoking ban

Next step... Thought police???

If they keep this up, they wont need a police force anymore. We will all end up a self regulating, homogenous and compliant population.

God i depress myself. Im off outisde to get some sun on my man boobs! :D

New powers effectively criminalising smoking in public were announced by the Government yesterday, with the minister in charge promising an "intelligence-led approach to enforcing the law".

Informers will be encouraged to report breaches of sweeping bans on the habit, in which company smoking rooms will be outlawed and places such as bus shelters and the outsides of office blocks made no-smoking areas.
Simone Bovair, a smoker
Individuals who offend face fines of £50

The ban may also cover sports stadiums that are not fully enclosed.

There will be £200 fines for breaches and penalties for companies that fail to display "No Smoking" signs in areas newly outlawed. Individuals who offend face fines of £50.

It is thought that establishments which attract repeated complaints could be subject to "sting" operations by council enforcers.

Caroline Flint, the public health minister, confirmed that the policy would be vigorously enforced with the assistance of informers from the public.

"I don't think we are talking about brigades of people out on the streets," she said. "What we are talking about is an intelligence-led approach to enforcing the law."

The burden of enforcement would fall on councils, which will receive extra money for the task, with informers calling a telephone hotline manned by officials at the town hall...


Book Reviewer
I refer you to the smoking in public places thread. My coments about thought police are entered.
Does it sort of remind you of the old eastern block style and ways getting people to inform on others about anything, all we need to add is hidden extra taxation and a love of extra beaurocracy and we would be .......................................the penny drops.


Hummm “informers from the public”
Sounds very much like the methods used by nazi Germany and communist Russia, how long until the secret police start dragging offenders off in the middle of the night and beating them until the see the errors of their ways


Book Reviewer
Oh no you can't inform on the chav....what about their feelings???????
I like the bit about not being allowed to smoke outside office blocks.

Just how do they mean to enforce that one then? 10 meter exclusion zone around the building? Sprinkler systems fitted to the gutters?

I think the next time I am in London I will have to find an office building and walk very slowly past it with a huge cigar puffing out clouds of black smoke.

Mind you here they have come up with an even nastier idea, if you want to smoke during work time you have to stamp yourself out of work and then back in again when you have finished, no pay for the time you are out of the office!!
I think anyone should be allowed to take time out to smoke but agree with docking wages for the time taken. Had one arrseole who took 15 min smoke breaks outside every hour on a 8 ro 10 hr shift and the snivelling barsteward got a box 1 [superior assessment] every year meaning more money than those of us who kept our noses to the grindstone. Oh sorry and those that played golf with the boss got a box 1. On taking early retirement, my final quote to the assembled mass was "Now leaving with my head held high and not up someones arrse" The feeling of euphoria as I watched their shocked faces on departure has never really left me!
Can I inform on a certain wife of a Prime Minister who publicly goes to Washington on a private visit but is stabled at taxpayers expense in the Embassy? If I take the trout to the Mess on private business I have to pay full whack.
Most important: what's the pay for a NuLab Purity of Atmosphere Informer? It had better be up to scratch if they intend to enforce this.
tomahawk6 said:
Just quit smoking everyone will be alot healthier. But if that happened the government would lose alot of tax.
Hence why they are introducing 24 hour drinking.

See it as a backhander to the drinks trade for the trade they will lose with the smoking ban (and a convenient increase in taxes)

cynical, Moi??? :D

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