Smoking and the problems it creates in the city centre

Bath is littered with cigarette debris, despite constant appeals to smokers to dispose of their litter responsibly. This litter is unattractive to look at and expensive to clear up.

Smoking also creates another problem in the city centre. Considerable strides have been made in reducing the nuisance cause by the operations of late night bars and nightclubs and most of the remaining nuisance is caused by groups of people congregating outside. This problem is largely created by people going outside to smoke.

This is a problem both for neighbours who have to put up with the noise and litter created and licensees who incur additional security cost and heating costs.

We believe the time has come to consider following other countries and communities and ban smoking in all public spaces including our streets.