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As the Covid-19 pandemic forced restaurant and pub goers outside, a new problem began to arise for the first time since 2007 UK-wide.

Now, non-smokers were in direct contact with smokers, lighting up in public places such as outside restaurant seating.

 

Smoking inside public areas has been banned across the UK since 2007 (2006 in Scotland), but no such ban has been introduced for outdoor gatherings.

The outdoor eating and drinking culture that Covid-19 has given rise to, has also increased calls to make these areas smoke-free.