Today is the day. As of July 1, all pubs, restaurants, and workplaces in England are smoke-free. That's in the WHOLE country, people. Whee! Ireland, Wales, and Scotland already are smoke-free.
I've actually overheard a couple of conversations of people saying that they'll quit when the ban takes effect because if you can't smoke at your local pub, then what's the point? Of course, these are the same people who have been paying the equivalent of US $12 per pack of cigarettes.
We'll be dining in a pub today, perhaps even twice, because today we can do so without getting headaches and coming home smelling like bar stank. Huzzah!