Health campaigners hail 'decade of success' on 10 year smoking ban anniversary

SmokingGETTYAlmost two million fewer people smoke compared to 10 years ago

Smoking in pubs, clubs, bars and other enclosed public spaces in England became illegal on July 1 2007, following Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Since the ban came into force, the number of Britons that are regular smokers has dropped by 1.9million, according to Cancer Research UK.

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smoking banGETTYThe ban came into force on July 1 2007

While the proportion of the population who are regular smokers has dropped from 20.9 per cent to 16.1 per cent, the number of 16–24-year-olds that smoke is at record low of 17 per cent.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of anti-smoking group Ash, said: "We had 10 million smokers 10 years ago and now it's around two million fewer.

It's the leading cause of

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