SMOKING is now banned in Queensgate Market. Shoppers were told they had to stub out cigarettes and cigars before browsing the stalls yesterday.
In the past smokers have been asked not to smoke but there was no enforced ban.
Now smoking for staff and shoppers will not be allowed except in designated cafe areas.
Market officials claim they will be enforcing the ban "sensitively and caringly".
Name: Helene Atkin
Lives: Beaumont Park
Job: Stall holder
Says: "I hate smoking so I think the ban is a good thing. I just hope that it is enforced properly and everyone is asked to leave the building if they need to smoke. Personally I would be happy if there was a total ban in all public places."
Name: Joyce Spalding
Job: Stall worker
Says: "I am against smoking in the market hall so hopefully this ban will work. There will be less litter and the place will generally be a nicer place. I think we needed to try and stop it because it was bad for people's health and a fire risk."
Name: Sam Mitchell
Says: "I don't smoke so I am obviously in favour of the ban but I imagine some smokers will be upset about it. People have the right to work in a smoke free environment. It is not fair that people who don't smoke should have to breathe in secondary smoke."
Name: Michelle Hirst
Job: Stall worker
Says: "I think the ban is wrong because the people who work on the stalls and smoke can not always leave the stall. If I am on the stall on my own I can't leave it to go and have a smoke. I understand why it has been introduced but I don't like it."
Name: Margaret Emerson
Job: School cleaner
Says: "I don't think smoking should be banned in places like pubs and clubs but I agree with stopping it in the market. There are food and clothes stalls here and it is not fair to have people smoking near them."