Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Last Puff

From this weekend the Scottish parliament is banning smoking in enclosed public spaces in Scotland. Never before have I been so pleased about a law. No more putting on clean clothes just to wash them all two hours later. No more ash tray scented hair on the pillow at the end of a night out. Passive carcinogens farewell. As laws go, it feels so useful, so right.
Muriel Gray wrote in her Sunday Herald column that the smoking ban is driven by economics, over and above preventative health issues. She said the tipping point came when too many employees had the potential to sue too many companies, should they get ill.
Like myself and the other 79% of Scotland, she's fully in favour of the ban, however it came about. Yeeehaaa.

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