The Department of Health (DoH) has announced that the guidelines on next summer’s smoking ban will be released before Christmas Day. However, the government has not given a specific date despite announcing that the ban starts on 1 July next year. Rob Hayward, the chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, sent a critical letter on behalf of the pub trade to the Health Minister Caroline Flint last week, asking for the regulations to be announced as soon as possible.