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Last Updated: Wednesday November 10 2004 16:27 GMT

Smoking ban approved in Scotland

Smoker in front of the Scotland flag
Scotland has decide to ban people from smoking in public places like restaurants and bars.

The proposal got strong backing in the Scottish Parliament, with the ban set to take effect from spring 2006.

It follows calls from doctors and anti-tobacco groups to bring in a smoking ban to protect the public's health.

Some pub and restaurant owners aren't pleased and have vowed to fight the ban. Similar bans have been introduced in Ireland, Norway and parts of the US.

Deputy health minister Rhona Brankin had urged the Scottish Parliament to back the ban.


"Scotland has one of the worst health reputations in western Europe, with one in four of all deaths attributable to smoking.

"About 13,000 people die every year as a result of smoking - we have to tackle that."

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