Whilst personally I can’t wait until the smoking ban comes into force in England (July 1st 2007), it may have a series of unintended consequence according to this BBC article.
As well as potentially causing people to take up smoking (all their friends are outside), increasing passive smoking in children (due to more smoking in the home), and increasing chef’s wages (as pubs turn to food to keep customers), the ban may also have an impact on gloabl warming.
A lot of money is being spent by pub chains on outdoor smoking areas. With the wonderful British climate being as it is, this means for at least half the year it is cold and wet, so the installation of gas powered patio heaters is essential to some. However, according to Friends of the Earth using a gas-fired heater for just one hour can waste enough energy to make 400 cups of tea.
With multiple heaters and thousands of pubs, that’s a lot of “wasted” energy!