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.

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