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Scotland healthier since ban

26th March 2007

The Scottish ban on smoking in public places has been deemed a massive success.

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As the ban reaches its first anniversary, ministers are celebrating record numbers of people trying to quit the habit since serious restrictions have been enforced on when and where they can indulge. The news had been welcomed by campaigners and ministers this side of the border as England gears up for a ban on smoking in public places this summer.

Scottish officials are carrying out a comprehensive study on the impact of the ban on smokers and initial figures show over 46,000 efforts have been made to quit since prohibition began last March. Over 4% of smokers used an NHS smoking cessation service in their bid to quit and 18% had remained free of cigarettes after 3 months. First Minister Jack McConnell said he was delighted with the success of the ban and the huge health benefits it has afforded the Scottish public. “Even after one year, Scotland is a healthier place and people, both in work and at leisure, are able to avoid the atmosphere which in the past caused them health problems,? he said.

Not everyone has benefited from the ban. Smoking rights groups and representatives from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association say the prohibition has led to people losing their jobs and serious financial losses for the Scottish tobacco industry. However, public opinion seems to be generally in favour of the ban and ministers are now debating whether to raise the legal age for buying tobacco to 18.

 

 

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