I often think about Lawrence Walker. For me he’s become the first casualty of the UK smoking ban that came into force on 1 July 2007. But I hardly know anything about him. All I’ve ever read was this:
A taxman killed himself after the smoking ban left him a virtual recluse, an inquest heard yesterday.
Lawrence Walker, 61, barely went out when cigs were barred from his local pub.
Friend Robert Lye said: “He felt insulted to have to stand outside and smoke.
“We think the ban killed him. He was so depressed about it he hardly went out.
It made him very solitary.”
Mr Walker, of St Columb, Cornwall, leapt to his death from cliffs at Porth beach, Newquay, in June. Coroner Dr Andrew Cox recorded a verdict of suicide.