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Scotland grasps smoking thistle
The ban on smoking in enclosed public places comes into effect on the morning of Sunday 26 March.

In a series of articles from interested parties supporting and opposed to the ban, lung specialist Kenneth Anderson gives the view from a health professional's standpoint.

Dr Anderson is a consultant in respiratory medicine in Kilmarnock and co-chair of the Glasgow School of Respiratory Science.


We, the Scots, have characteristics which some argue have done well for the world - innovative, tenacious, warm hearted and gregarious.

Rab C Nesbitt
Scotland has high rates of smoking-related disease

The extremes are sometimes what we do best.

No stopping us - most lung cancer, most emphysema, most heart disease, most stroke, shortest half-life, the ground zero of world cancer.

"Here's tae us. Wha's like us - Gye few and there all deid".

My patients tell me every day that they have stopped smoking now, wished they had stopped years ago or that they wish the clock would go back.

"The braes are getting steeper doctor."

Do any of them express even a little dismay about the proposed smoking control plans?

"It would be fantastic to think about a meal out and know that smoke won't make my asthma worse."

"Do you think they would let me into my local again - me wearing oxygen?"

Could it be that the tobacco-health conundrum of the Scot is going too?

Not even a glimmer of regret for a passing phase.

What we are now seeing from governments around the world is that health (and cigarette smoking) is not a soft option.

My patients tell me that Scotland should be in there with this bunch of do-gooders.

Poor health is exactly what it is.

Why should some in Scotland be picked off by these dismal economics and have the highest rates of all the smoking diseases?

Tobacco and sport, the strangest link, is now gone.

Could it be that the tobacco-health conundrum of the Scot is going too?

In a moment of candour (and maybe these days too rarely) our representatives have decreed that in Scotland, secondary cigarette smoke exposure is no longer an acceptable health risk.

Macpuffy no more.



SEE ALSO:
A 'huge step' to healthier future
15 Mar 06 |  Scotland
Smoking ban debate in Scotland
20 Mar 06 |  Scotland


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