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Scots back smoking ban

15th March 2006

Scotland has received strong support for its public smoking ban, according to a new survey.

Research by Cancer Research UK claims that over three quarters of Scots are proud that theirs is the first country in the UK to make the move.

The ban, which begins on March 26th, has been met with particular approval by 18 to 24 year olds, with 84 per cent backing the decision.

Professor Gerard Hastings, director of Cancer Research UK's tobacco control unit at Stirling University, told the BBC: "Scotland is right to be proud of leading the way with smoke-free public places.

"A smoking ban will save many thousands of lives in Scotland over the next ten years due to people being protected from second-hand tobacco smoke and smokers deciding to quit."

Almost a third of people polled believe the new measures will encourage them to stop smoking.

Cigarettes are thought to kill over 110,000 people in the UK every year, with cancers, cardiovascular diseases and emphysema the biggest dangers.