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Scots keen to avoid second-hand smoke, says survey

02 August 2005
Scots keen to avoid second-hand smoke, says survey

Wanting to avoid second-hand smoke is enough to stop 39% of Scots going to pubs and bars, and 46% going to restaurants, according to a survey by the Scottish Executive.

The 2004 Scottish Social Attitude Survey asked 1,600 adults across Scotland for their views on smoking and alcohol. It found that more than half (53%) supported a complete ban on smoking in restaurants, and a quarter (25%) supported a ban in pubs and bars.

"Irresponsible" cheap drinks promotions deserved to be banned, according to 21%, while more than a third (37%) thought these offers should be restricted.

Lewis Macdonald, the deputy health minister said: "I am pleased to see that there is support for our move towards smoke-free bars, clubs and restaurants. Clearly, changes in behaviour cannot be achieved overnight, which is why we are committed to working with bodies to achieve a major cultural shift."

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