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Smoking panel: Andy Hayes
READERS' PANEL
Andy Hayes
Name: Andy Hayes
Age: 45
Lives: Lerwick, Shetland
Works: IT support
Ex-smoker
I have yet to meet anyone who is unaware of the ban and surprisingly there are more smokers keen on the ban than I had imagined there would be.

They see it as a way to help them kick the habit.

There is of course the occasional smoker who is determined to have his right to smoke, irrespective of the harm he is causing to others, much like a child who knows his rights but not his responsibilities.

Non-smokers are still saying the same things - "at least they will be able to go out and not come back stinking of cigarette smoke".

A by-product of the ban seems to be the raising of other issues that cause harm and cost the rest of us money such as excessive drinking and its effects.

Strangely, publicans don't seem to be rushing to apply the ban early and I hope that this reticence will lead to the customers staying away for a little longer after the ban has come into being.

Publicans here seem to be saying that the ban is a terrible thing that will lead to job losses and at the same time making out that they really care about their staff.

What caring employer would force their staff to stand for eight hours in a very smoky environment without a break?

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.

Here in Canada about 17% of the population smoke. 56% of the people were adversely affected by cigarette smoke. Unless one is brain dead, the issue of what is fair and proper should be obvious. The steps taken here in Toronto are working and it is good for all.
Frank Merino, Toronto

Who would have told Winston Churchill cigar smoker who died at the grand old age of 91 that he couldnt go in his local and have a smoke. I can almost here him now. We shall smoke on the beaches, we shall smoke on the landing grounds, we shall smoke in the fields and in the streets and the pubs, we shall smoke in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the smoking struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old Smoker." Who will come to liberate you when they come to remove your choice of freedom - not I
Sharon Donald, Derby

I'm a smoker and even though a part of me dreads when pubs in London have to apply the smoking ban, a greater part of me hails it as help to pack in a filthy, unhealthy, albeit much loved, habit. I wish it were coming in sooner south of the border.
Joe , london

Now that the smoking ban is in place is it not time the super markets removed thier kiosks from the front of the stores to less prominent areas. They should also remove all tobacco advertising material and pricing offers.All tobacco products should be out of veiw.
Hugh Osborne, Clydebank

As a smoker myself I am not too happy about the ban but as an honest citizen I will grudgingly accept it for all the reasons, mainly health, given by our elected masters. But I fear that this is only the start of things to come....it won't be too long before the medical research boffins announce the dangers of passive alcohol fumes, passive industrial pollution and passive vehicle emissions. So I hope to hear soon about campaigns and government policies to ban all of these....maybe the non-smokers can start the ball rolling by giving up driving followed shortly by stopping drinking.
Tom McLaughlan, Western Isles

Lets not also forget that non-smoking on international flights has pretty much been the norm for 20 years now. If you can survive 3 hours on a flight to Corfu without a cigarette I dont see why 3 hours down the pub should be any harder.
Gareth Thomas, St Andrews

You hit the nail right on the head there, smokers complaining about the ban and shouting about their rights have forgotten that as adults they have responsibilities, and their responsibility is not to pollute the air of people who choose not to smoke. I'm so glad that in Scotland we get so much rain, I'll be happy that when I'm in the pub next weekend I'll be sitting in comfort enjoying a drink watching all the smokers out in the rain for their fix. Roll on Sunday!
Mairi, Greenock




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