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CITY VIEWS: will the government’s push to drive smoking underground work?

ADRIAN TURNER | PELDON ROSE
“I think it’s a good thing, although I’ve never actually had anything against smokers. I think all the government’s measures against smoking are good in principle, but personally I think that banning it from pubs was a bad idea.”

JAMES HOLMES | LLOYDS TSB
“I’m trying to quit, so anything which helps that is a good thing. I think a lot of people are trying to stop at the moment so smoking will go down, but I don’t know if pushing people away and alienating them will work.”

PAUL CARTER | BUSINESS ANGEL CAPITAL
“Ultimately it will work, but I’m sure there are going to be a lot of protests. The trouble is it’s a balance, because a lot of people do find smoke offensive, but ultimately I’d err on the side of civil liberties.”