Imperial Tobacco has launched a campaign to support smokers – in the week the BMA called for a ban on smoking in cars.

The tobacco giant’s Smoking Allowed campaign aims to support the 12 million adults who smoke by installing ‘highquality’ smoking areas across the UK. The first area opened last week at Bristol airport, providing ventilation, heating, lighting, shelter and hand gel.

Imperial Tobacco UK general manager Amal Pramanik said further sites were planned.

“It is appropriate for us to initially work with our hometown airport as over one million passengers each year are adult smokers,” he said. “Imperial Tobacco is committed to working with many locations to provide high-quality facilities for smokers.”

The campaign also includes a Smoking Allowed website,