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UPDATED: 11:03, July 03, 2007
Thousands defy English smoking ban
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Thousands of smokers defied the introduction of the smoking ban across England on Sunday by lighting up in pubs, claiming that the legislation was an infringement of civil liberties.

With authorities implementing the ban as gently as possible, not a single fine was issued.

One pub defying the ban was the Dog Inn in Ewyas Harold, near Hereford, whose landlord is Tony Blows, part of pro-smoking campaign group Freedom2Chose.

"I'm doing it for the simple reason that this is my home. My wife and I work 200 hours a week in this pub. It's private property," he said. "There's no way they can stop us doing it."

About 1,000 fellow publicans had also allowed their customers to light up, he claimed.

Blows added that he would refuse to pay any fine. "I want my day in court. And I am prepared to go to prison, if needs be. At least I can smoke there."

Source: China Daily/agencies

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