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.

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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Gemma Francis – Mirror – 2021-06-25.

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