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Residents have say in smoke banplans.

THOUSANDS of people and businesses will be consulted over plans to ban smoking from Liverpool's bars and restaurants.

Campaign group Smoke Free Liverpool is to survey 450 businesses as well as workers, residents and visitors about taking tobacco smoke out of the workplace.

If plans go ahead, smoking could be banned by Capital of Culture year in 2008. City leaders will be asked tomorrow to officially back research by the group.

Smoke Free Liverpool is also set to receive pounds 82,000 to work on its action plan. The cash is from the Central Liverpool Primary Care Trust through Merseyside Health Action Zone, not from council funds.

Merseyside Health Action Zone spokeswoman Joan Brookman said: ``Smoking costs the NHS in Liverpool at least pounds 12.7ma year.''

Chris Owens, Smoke Free Liverpool coordinator, said today: ``I hope the council will back us 100%.It would be nice to be smoke free for 2008.

``For so long we've been dubbed the capital of lung cancer, so we'd love to be Capital of Culture instead.''
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Date:Mar 18, 2004
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