The Royal College of Physicians of
Speaking after the publication of the Royal College of Physicians of
Dewhurst said: “Passive smoking exposure levels in children have fallen by 40 per cent in
“The evidence is compelling. Passive smoking exposure significantly increases the risk of a range of diseases in children. It is estimated that over 4000 new cases of respiratory infection, wheeze and asthma in Scottish children could be avoided every year by reducing the exposure of children to passive smoking.
Last year NHS Health
Gruer said that Scotland has been a “trailblazer” in tackling smoking through legislation such as the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces and the proposed Bill to ban tobacco displays at point-of-sale.
While he admitted that a ban on smoking in private cars would be difficult to enforce, he added that as the ban on using a mobile phone while driving has shown, “the very fact that the legislation is there it does help encourage quite a few sensible people to make a change.”
The original news story and interview are available here: http://www.holyrood.com/index.php?option=com_holyrood&func=article&artid=2767 and here: http://www.holyrood.com/index.php?option=com_holyrood&func=article&artid=2798