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As ever the Scottish Parliament do their best to nose ahead of Westminster in their implementation of forward thinking policies. The recent vote at Holyrood in favour of banning cigarette displays is now closely followed by the Department of Health publication “A Smokefree Future” outlining strategies to control tobacco in England. Little nuggets like banning smoking in doorways would be welcome, although would probably be as effective as the mournful ghostly voices from the tannoys outside Ninewells telling a legion of deaf smokers to put out their fags. “Fresh air garden” indeed (how exactly do you grow fresh air??). The Guardian has a good piece on how far the proposals go eg. stopping short of banning smoking in cars, but also give voice to the pro-smoking campaign. There is little to comment about their position as I think most intelligent free thinkers can come to their own conclusions about their arguments. “Got to die of something” and “free will” are crackers and always makes me think we should encourage unsheathed Stanley knives in primary schools to prove a point.
|The Scottish Government voted 108 vs 15 to ban the open display of cigarettes in Scottish stores, the BBC News website reports|
The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Bill will also ban cigarette vending machines and introduce a registration scheme for retailers.
BBC News Website
Large stores have until 2011, smaller stores until 2013, to remove all displays of cigarettes and vending machines.
Opposition leader John Drummond of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation is quoted as saying:
The evidence that this will actually stop young people smoking just isn’t there
John Drummond, Scottish Grocers’ Federation
Good grief, man. When did we start to need evidence about such obvious measures? Out of sight, out of mind, anyone? I think it’s a fantastic piece of legislation, but I hope just the start. In some parts of America, where smoking has been banned in public places for some time, smokers are looked on with disdain, and perhaps a bit of pity; in the UK we’re still making jokes about smokers standing out in the rain…
Dropping smoking rates might put me out of a job, but it’ll take 20 years, so my pension is safe. I jest – I would be overjoyed if every smoker in the country stopped today, and lung cancer all but disappeared from routine medical practice. I’m sure the cardiologists feel the same about ischaemic heart disease.
Scotland certainly leads the rest of the UK in this, I’m not sure about the rest of Europe…..