The Government has hailed the smoking ban a success on its anniversary with 98% of all premises complying with the law, writes Ewan Turney. But chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson warned more must be done on tobacco control such as the introduction of picture warnings on packs of cigarettes. According to a Government study, 76% of people and 55% of smokers support the ban. Exposure for bar workers to second hand smoke has been reduced by 76% – prior to the ban non-smoking bar staff were said to be inhaling up to six times more smoke than the average non-smoker. The NHS Stop Smoking Service has reported a 22% increase in the number of people quitting smoking. “We introduced this law one year ago to cut people’s exposure to secondhand smoke,” said public health minister Dawn Primarolo. “It’s clear the law is working. Bar workers are inhaling far less smoke and most people think the law has had a positive effect on the country’s health. “This could not have been done without the tireless work and support of local authorities, business and health campaigners. “I also commend smokers themselves for their willingness to protect the health of others by so readily complying with the law.” TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “The implementation of smokefree law in the workplace was one of the biggest occupational health measures for decades. “It was estimated that every year up to 700 workers were killed by having to breathe other people’s tobacco fumes. “That is going to mean, in future, 700 lives will be saved every single year.” Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson added: “A year ago today in England, we took one of the most important steps forward in public health for many years. “One year on and the smokefree law has been accepted by the general public and businesses alike. “We must do more if we are to continue to reduce the harm of tobacco use in our communities. Measures such as the introduction of picture pack warnings this autumn and the current consultation on the future of tobacco control are essential to keep up the momentum to create a truly smokefree future.”