Six in 10 Brits want pub gardens to ban smoking and vaping as tolerance wanes

More than six in 10 Brits want pub gardens to ban smoking and vaping, according to a poll.

The survey of 2,000 adults found that, with the summer pub garden season upon us, tolerance for smokers has gone up in smoke.

Three quarters of those polled feel smokers and vapers should check with non-smokers before puffing away in a group situation.

Nearly half (45 per cent) have even asked smokers or vapers not to indulge around them, with Londoners more confident to speak out (70 per cent) than any other region.

The research by Swedish Match, producer of tobacco-free nicotine pouches ZYN, also found one in five (21 per cent) felt ’empowered’ when asking friends not to vape or smoke around them.

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Another 18 per cent were left feeling ‘strong’.

Others felt ‘justified’, that it was their right to ask people to stop smoking near them and that they were simply standing up for themselves.

But more than half (58 per cent) have resorted to switching seats or moving away from friends who are smoking or vaping around them.

It also emerged that 65 per cent think someone who smokes in a group environment without asking first is ‘inconsiderate’, while 54 per cent said they are ‘thoughtless’ not to check with others.

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Just over six in 10 parents (62 per cent) ask friends and family who smoke or vape near their children to stop.

And nearly a third (29 per cent) keep them away from friends and family who smoke or vape altogether.

Despite news that Oxfordshire is considering a smoking ban for outdoor hospitality as part of plans to become the first smoke-free county by 2025, a whopping 80 per cent of smokers admitted to lighting up next to non-smoking family members.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) never even ask the people they’re with if it’s ok for them to smoke or vape around them.

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Hearteningly, 70 per cent of smokers believe you should always ask for permission to smoke for those around you.

And nearly half of parents who smoke said they don’t smoke in front of their own kids.

But 62 per cent admitted to smoking or vaping in front of the children of their friends and family.

The research, carried out via OnePoll, also found one in five smokers admitted to feeling embarrassed when their friends or family moved children away from them when smoking.

Another 17 per cent felt offended and 11 per cent went as far as to say it made them angry.

A spokesperson for Swedish Match, producer of Zyn, said: “For those who use nicotine products but don’t want to miss out on a moment with their family or friends, ZYN tobacco-free pouches are a discreet, convenient alternative to smoking or vaping.

“You place them under your top lip for up to an hour and don’t have to worry about offending anyone or suffer from any FOMO (fear of missing out).”

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