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Smoking panel: Caroline Neilson
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Caroline Neilson
Name: Caroline Neilson
Age: 21
Lives: Glasgow
Works: Student
Non-smoker
Living around Glasgow, I've started to see some indications of the approaching ban.

For instance, as I was walking through Glasgow Central Station I noticed there are maybe three or four posters that inform people about the ban, not only explaining that smoking will be prohibited within the station but in "all enclosed public spaces". They even go so far as to list the 50 penalty.

Additionally, when I alighted at Paisley Gilmour Street Station, we were informed both on and off the train that it would be illegal to smoke in the station following the introduction of the ban on Sunday morning.

However, elsewhere around Glasgow the preparations for the ban seem somewhat muted and little or no information is available.

For example, although my university has already put in place a blanket ban on smoking on university premises, there is not much information to hand to explain to students what the limitations of this ban are.

Smoking ban sign
I've seen the signs of the ban cropping up

I'd heard that smoking was to be banned on all university property, inside and outside, and yet I've seen several people smoking outside the library and no-one has said anything about it.

So now I am left wondering where smokers do have the right to smoke, I am left confused about what my rights are and what they have a right to.

As for the effect of the ban on nightlife in the city, I fully expect that after the ban comes in pubs and clubs will suffer, and it seems inevitable that some will close, but I think eventually people will get sick of drinking at home and hopefully, sooner or later, going out will regain its atmosphere minus the smoke.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and are not endorsed by the BBC.


We asked for your views on the ban. The following represents the balance of opinion we received.

Once all the smokers have stopped I'll not have anyone to look down on. At the moment I can derive pleasure by looking at their poor pinched faces as they suck their death sticks and pay tax towards my long healthy retirement. They certainly won't be having one of those! It's my right to derive pleasure from this and the nanny state is taking it away!
Alan Hume, Dundee

A close friend of mine died from lung cancer caused by 'smoking'this January. He had worked as a barman for fifteen years and had never touched a cigarette in his life. That speaks for itself, does it not?
Jane, Glasgow

A blanket ban is totally unnecessary, provision could be made in pubs for non smokers and smokers alike thus suiting everyone, including bar staff. Pubs are not Health Clubs.
Sharon Donald, Derby

Smoking kills, yes. Life kills, Yes. Would you never consider that smokers may want to prematurely end their life on purpose? Or that no matter what, they will end at the same point, regardless? Smoking is a long and drawn out process of killing ones self as is being 'alive'. You WILL die, no matter if you enjoy a few vices or not. Let's face it, 'life would be pretty dull if you didn't!
Mark, Leeds

I am sick fed up hearing the addicts whinging about their rights being violated. This is not about their rights to smoke. They can continue their habit away from public places. This is about the rights of non smokers to go into pubs and restaurants and not have to suffer the affect of second hand smoke. There is nothing worse than going out for a meal and smokers point the cigarete in your direction to keep the smoke away from themselves.
ANDREW SNEDDON, KIRKCALDY

I am moving back to London nxt week after 6 years in New York. A public smoking ban is the most civilised thing about this place. What a pleasure it is to come home from a bar or restaurant not stinking of stale smoke. I can't wait for England to make that possible too.
chris floyd, USA

I believe New York City has the right attitude; restrict smoking to designated places like cigar bars, or other businesses that make a significant proportion of their income through tobacco sales.
Jeremy, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

The Vancouver area has had a smoking ban in effect for a number of years now. We all heard the "I'll go out of business" arguement from bars, restaurants and hightclubs. Did not happen. If anything the bar and restaurant business has thrived as more people, and their families, can enjoy a morning/afternoon/evening out in a smoke free environment. I say it is time to limit this "vice" to a person's private property, thus improving the quality of life for those who want to breath cleaner air.
Jason Dyer, North Vancouver

I hear a lot of smokers getting so upset that their "right" to smoke is being taken away from them. WRONG! You can smoke if you like but your "right" ends at the start of my nose (and lungs, and hair, and clothes)! For goodness sake, all you have to do is go outside for the couple of minutes it takes you to smoke a cigarette then walk back in again. Its not exactly a hardship is it? Stop whining and just get on with it - we've had to put up with your smell for years!
Audrey Brown, Edinburgh

I am a smoker who has tried to give up a few times. I give up for months at a time but always lapse when I go drinking in pubs and bars. This ban is going to help thousands of people like me to give up a filthy habit. People who say it is enjoyable don't realise that they need a cigarette to give them enjoyment whereas most people can get the same enjoyment out of breathing fresh air, having an extra 250 in their pockets and living longer healthier lives. I wish the UK was getting it sooner.
Jasper , Brighton

Dan, if they wanted to cull off the population they'd have to find cheaper ways of doing it than inducing a large number of nasty, drawn out diseases. Smokers are a drain on the NHS budget. I agree with Jo, it'd be nice to be able to go out for once without having to shower out the stink of other people as soon as I get home!
Melissa, Oxford

Cars, Planes and Booze have not been banned, but using them, or allowing them to be used, in a harmful way is. This is just bringing smoking into line.
Ben, London

According to statistics from Oxford Medical Publications, it is estimated that between 1950 and 2000 six million Britons have died from tobacco-related diseases. Perhaps Lee Humphrey can tell us what he had in mind for the government to me more concerned about?
Andy Turnbull, Stirling

And when smoking has been stopped or dropped to a minimum, who will want to pay for the extra tax that old missing revenue will leave a big black hole
John Carr, United Kingdom

Lee, that's a facile argument and you know it. Mind you, I'd like to see how the Govt. would ban old age - a fine per year of aging, with it doubling for every year over 60 perhaps
Chris Basey, USA

Pubs will just smell of sweat and flatulence instead, which doesn't sound like much of an improvement.
Sebastian Dangerfield, Huddersfield

Smoking kills so lets ban it, good idea, so do cars, planes, booze, old age and work so lets ban all of them as well and we can all live forever, and get really bored!!! Come on lets be honest there is a lot worse things about that the goverment should be more concerned about, but i guess it may occupy the police, catching smokers and give the motorist a break.
Lee Humphrey, London

I'm really jealous that Scotland gets to go smoke free such a long time before England. I can't wait to be able to go into any pub I choose and not end the night coughing and reeking of smoke. Bring on the ban in England!
Jo Donkin, Cambridge

Alasdair what you're saying makes perfect and I agree with you even though I am a smoker. But the goverment could stop selling cigs and our nation would be a lot healthier. They wont though will they cause they want the money plus it is an easy way to cull the population same as drinking. The goverment aren't bothered about us as people just how much money we can make them.
Dan, Kent

Smoking kills, so just ban it. Let's stop all this debate about the rights and the wrongs of a ban and its effect on the pockets of publicans.
Alasdair Smith, Glasgow




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