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Scotland's smoking ban five years on

Further to this post, the Scotsman has published a feature entitled 'Five years of the smoking ban'.

"With the fifth anniversary of the most radical public health legislation since devolution, Lyndsay Moss gauges how Scots have reacted and tries to discover what the next step might be."

The article is not (yet) available online but it includes comments from me, Paul Waterson of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, Phil Hanlon and Jill Pell, professors of public health at Glasgow University, and Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland.

It also features several case studies including a publican, Lynn Adams, who "has seen her business decline since the smoking ban came in", and a smoker, Dr Stuart Waiton:

Stuart Waiton is a lecturer in Dundee and has smoked on and off for the past 25 years and now smokes about four cigarettes and two pipes a day.

The 43-year-old said the smoking ban had changed the atmosphere in pubs, and he finds the altered attitude to smokers since the legislation "depressing".

He said: "The fact I have to go outside to have a cigarette is an irritation, but it's nothing compared to the sense of depression that there is no 'public' in Britain in terms of a public that organises its own affairs without having experts setting the agenda.

"Previously people were quite happy to sit and smoke and talk. Now you have people standing outside, so something they had been doing for 20 years without any bother is suddenly not an accepted thing - I am a danger to other people and they might see me as a danger and, therefore, I must stand outside the pub. That is depressing."

Waiton said after the ban it became a novelty to visit pubs in England, where smoking was allowed until July 2007.

He said: "I was suddenly in a situation where I was in a pub where I could smoke and it felt strangely liberaying.

"It occurred to me to be a bizarre thing that it was accepted now in Scotland that you were, in a sense, killing people if you smoked in a bar, and yet you could go to England and kill people and no-one seemed to mind."

Waiton said what currently annoyed him most was schools teaching children to lecture their parents about the dangers of tobacco.

The father-of-two said: "My children's teachers are educating them to educate me not to smoke, which I find profoundly insidious."

He said his children had made a point of showing him a no-smoking poster they had made. "Ironically, they had spelt it incorrectly, with 'smocking' instead of smoking. I thought that was brilliant as I am always saying: if only your teachers educated you - rather than trying to socialise you to socialise me - you might actually be able to spell."

Other profiles include 'The Quitter' and 'The Doctor'.

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Reader Comments (7)

Sounds very familiar to a documentary I was watching the other day, entitled "Hitler's Children". Very, very sinister!

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 11:18 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thurgood

I checked out the Scotsman website - hoping the story was up on-line (I assume Simon, you'll provide the link when its there?)
However, came across this.

Why would the Scottish government what tobacoo retailers to register if they didn't have further illiberal plans up their sleeves?

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:05 | Unregistered CommenterMark Butcher

ASH has shown it:

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 13:05 | Unregistered Commenterchas

The time has come to relax the ban as other countries have done. This will allow customers to choose which venue they wish to frequent. It will save numerous pubs from going under a revive those pubs that are struggling.

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 14:47 | Unregistered Commenteroceaneagle

Do the likes of Shona Robinson really believe that the 30 fold increase in pub closures from 2006 was due to cheap supermarket booze? And that spmejow, miraculously, it was cheap supermarket booze that caused similar levels of closures exactly a year later in England? Does she REALLY? Honestly!?

Whatever the answer, she should be sacked as she is plainly either a liar or a moron. Either way she has no place in public office.

And my God - that GP. He should be struck off, too. Not only is he clearly deranged, but to say things like "I see people who have cancer caused by their partner's passive smoking" shows he has a clear contempt for evidence-based practice. Does he not know that Cancer Research UK (hardly the smoker's friend) say that 75% of cancers actually occur in non-smokers? Or are all of those due to passive smoking, too?

God, the lunatics really have taken over the asylum. I actually no longer care about the smoking Ban. I now just live for the day when Public Health, Tobacco Control, ASH, CRUK and all the other evil pixies and their State-funded hordes are finally exposed and put in their place.

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 15:12 | Unregistered CommenterMr A

Oh and Pell again!?? How often has she been discredited now, not just in the Blogospere but by The Times and the BBC, too? And STILL she keeps cropping up to spew lies and fill in funding forms. Christ......

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 15:14 | Unregistered CommenterMr A

"Spmejow" = "somehow". Is a typo obviously, not Serbo Croat or somesuch. Obviously.

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 15:17 | Unregistered CommenterMr A

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