Thursday, 12 August 2010
One Fine Issued at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
On the second day, they managed to impose a £50 fine on someone for dropping a cigarette butt. Well, that's democracy in action. ASH Scotland couldn't resist including this report in their daily news bulletin, even though there was no url as the story appeared only in its paper edition.
The enforcement officers came to Ninewells on Monday, at the start of what is expected to be a year-long campaign. Smokers were approached. but since they complied when requested to stub out, no fines were issued.
You can almost hear them counting the cost of this exercise. Why don't they just open a large, pleasant, airy waiting room with ashtrays and tea and coffee facilities and the doorway area will be cleared of smokers in a trice.