Last week Nick Hogan was sent to prison for failing to pay the fines he was given for allowing people to smoke in his pub.
A former pub landlord yesterday became the first person to be jailed in connection with the smoking ban.
Nick Hogan, 43, was sentenced to six months in prison for refusing to pay a fine imposed for flouting the legislation.
Two years ago Hogan, who ran two pubs in Bolton, became the first landlord convicted of breaking the law for allowing his customers to routinely light up in his bars.
Six months in prison for this:
At the hearing, in January 2008, magistrates were told Hogan held a 'mass light-up' in his two pubs, the Swan Hotel and Barristers' Bar, in Bolton, on the day the smoking ban came into force in July 2007.
He was visited by inspectors from the local authority, who found letters taped to pub tables advising customers they had the 'freedom to choose whether or not to smoke'.
They also saw regulars smoking on five separate occasions.
That's a considerable fraction of a prison sentence of those two 'devil children' for allowing people to smoke legal cigarettes in the building which he owned. Readers, we live in revolting times.
Would anyone like to see the video of Nick Hogan having a smoke indoors?