The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act aims to cut Scotland’s high death rate from smoking-related diseases.

Chief Medical Officer Mac Armstrong describes the ban as bringing “far and away the most important improvement in our health in a generation”.

There is large cross-party agreement on such a measure. The impetus, initially from a Private Member’s Bill, is developed into legislation by the Scottish Executive and a complete ban is approved by Parliament.

The other home nations follow Scotland’s example. There is widespread public acceptance and early signs of significant health benefits.

From March 25 there is no more lighting up of cigarettes in Scotland’s bars, clubs, restaurants and all public enclosed places.
Monday, March 13, 2006
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