Prospero, who gave up smoking in June 2010, no longer feels like this (except when he does)
SPAIN A Spanish medical research organization, Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria reports the result of a recent survey of over 4,000 people aged 18 and over at Primary Health Care Centers (the local Health Centre, to the rest of us), covering smokers, non-smokers and ex-smokers. The research says that 82% of the population is against allowing the ban on smoking in public places to be rescinded (something that had been put about by the pro-smoking lobby when the government but has been officially denied). And 78% believe the anti-smoking law that came into force at the beginning of 2011 was a success. It is calculated that only 27% to 29% of the total population - lower than a few years ago, when it went to 35% - is considered to be a smoker (Prosp note: this number must include babies and small fry, surely), but the law has not managed to reduce smoking in private places: 57% of those polled said they smoke at home since the ban, of whom 12% say they do so more frequently, while 10% said they didn't smoke then and they don't smoke now. Smoking among women aged 12 to 22 is up by 12% since the ban, according to another survey, while it has diminished by 1.4% among males of the same age.