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Smoking policy sign, London, England, 2005-2007

The smoking policy of a public building is outlined on this sign, mounted on a wooden board. It declares: ‘Ventilated premises smoking allowed throughout.’ It was once by the entrance of The Duke of Wellington public house on Wardour Street in Soho, London. It was displayed before the ban on smoking in public places. This legislation was enforced in England on 1st July 2007. Concerns about the effects of smoking in public areas had grown over the previous decade. Passive smoking was a particular concern. Voluntary workplace bans were followed by various laws aimed at protecting people’s health from the damaging effects of smoke. These measures continued with compulsory bans on smoking on public transport. The 2006 and 2007 UK legislation outlawed smoking in enclosed public places.

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E2010.39.1

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Glossary: smoking

A practice where a substance, most commonly tobacco is burned and the smoke inhaled. It is currently practiced by over one billion people worldwide (2008)

Glossary: regulatory sign

Sign that is intended to regulate behavior, displaying such information as prohibitions or rules of order or conduct.