Talking Point: What’s your view on banning smoking outside pubs and restaurants?

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<p>Do you think that the move could be beneficial in London?</p> (PA Wire)

Do you think that the move could be beneficial in London?

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Five councils have recently banned smoking outside venues including pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Northumberland, Durham, North Tyneside, Newcastle, and Manchester have all taken the step in places where outdoor seating is available, and Oxfordshire is also reportedly considering the move.

Not only do the plans encourage smoke-free hospitality environments, but employers will also be encouraged to support staff quitting smoking.

Do you think that the move could be beneficial in London? Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: Should councils have the power to block cycle superhighways?

Most of you were in favour of safer cycling routes, and did not think that councils should have power to block such projects.

“Ugbert” said councils are “not islands. They need to work with rest of the city.”

“HighTrafficNeighbourhoodsForTheWin” agreed: “Imagine if other transport networks were treated like cycle networks. We wouldn’t have a coherent road or pavement network and we wouldn’t have a joined up tube or train network. It’s bonkers that councils should be allowed to block something so important and as inclusive as cycle lanes.”

“StevieDee” pointed to the benefits of cycling. “By blocking bike lanes councils are doing their residents, their visitors and local businesses an enormous disservice. Every report from cities around the world supports the finding that bike lanes are good for business, health and the environment, are cheap as chips compared with all the road layout, maintenance and infrastructure required for motor vehicles, and reduce air pollution, congestion as well as the need to clear up after motor collisions which costs the UK economy £36 billion every year.”

And “Offalcheesecake” pointed to similar, noting the positive impact that bikes can have on health and the economy. “Studies show that cyclists spend more at their local shops and eateries, and more frequently. Cycling streets result in quieter and more pleasant streets, with less air and noise pollution. The young and elderly can cycle, increasing independence, improving their health and that of others due to less air and noise pollution (noise causes stress etc).

“Until we improve upon these tokenistic, unconnected cycle lanes, uptake will remain low, and we’ll continue to pollute the air and our ears.”

“The solution is simple - build a comprehensive network of safe cycle lanes.”

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