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Thursday, 30 June 2005 11:44
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
BMA voices approval of Scottish smoking ban
British Medical Association yesterday commended Scotland’s politicians as they prepare to debate the final stages of the smoking ban.

In his address to the Annual Conference of the BMA in Manchester, Dr Peter Terry, chairman of the BMA in Scotland said:

"Tomorrow our Scottish Parliament will host a landmark debate. A debate that has the potential to improve the health of Scots and establish what I hope is a precedent for the rest of the UK.

"MSPs will debate a bill which at its heart provides the framework for a comprehensive ban on smoking in enclosed public places. This legislation has had support from politicians from all parties, except the Conservatives, and I hope that it will pass and Scotland can become ‘smoke free’ by spring next year.

"Scottish ministers should be congratulated for leading the way on this public health issue and for the way in which they have been guided by the evidence and by the views of the majority of the people in Scotland.

"And they should be applauded for the resolute way they resisted the lobbying from those whose sole intention is to profit from the misery and diseases of smokers. We say to Scottish politicians ‘very well done, do not lose your resolve – back this legislation tomorrow’."


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