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Wednesday 1 December 2004
1 December 2004
Study centre stubs out smoking habit
Students, conference-goers, holidaymakers and even wedding guests will no longer be able to light up at Losehill Hall from January 2005.
On New Year's Day, the Peak District National Park Authority's environmental study centre, in the Hope Valley, will ban smoking from all indoor areas - including the bar.
The 41-bedroom Losehill Hall provides environmental education and training for a wide range of visitors as well as conferences, seminars, special interest holidays and occasional wedding receptions.
The centre, recent winner of an Excellence in England Gold Award from East Midlands Tourism, has a three-diamond bed and breakfast rating from the AA and full restaurant and bar facilities for use by guests.
Losehill Hall director, Richard Campen, said: "We had been concerned that some people may be put off staying at Losehill Hall as a result of the ban, but we believe that many more will be attracted to Losehill as a result of the change in policy.
"Perhaps other establishments in the area may consider a similar move for the sake of public health."
In line with National Park Authority policy, Losehill Hall's offices have been smoke-free for many years, though guests were permitted to smoke in the bar area.
The policy change was planned ahead of the Government's recently published White Paper on Public Health ('Making Healthier Choices Easier') proposing a smoking ban in workplaces and enclosed public spaces by 2007, and in licensed premises by 2008.
Restaurants that serve alcohol and pubs that prepare food will have to be non-smoking unless they apply for a special licence for self-contained areas.
Non-food pubs will be exempt, as will private clubs if members vote accordingly. Smoking at the bar will be banned everywhere, and children will not be allowed in establishments that allow smoking.
There will be wide consultation, including with the catering and pro-smoking lobby. The move follows a smoking ban in bars in Ireland, and a similar proposal in Scotland.