Scotland to ban smoking in enclosed public places

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1202
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Scotland is to become the first country in the United Kingdom to ban smoking in enclosed public places such as bars and restaurants in a move that will increase pressure on England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to follow suit.

    The ban, which is scheduled to be introduced in spring 2006, has been welcomed by medical charities, royal colleges, and health professionals. It will carry maximum fines of £2500 ($4617; €3567) for businesses and £1000 for individual smokers who persistently flout the …

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