There is much we can do to reduce the 13,500 deaths caused by smoking each year, prevent young people starting, and help smokers to quit.Her figure for smoking related deaths should be noted. I am not clear how these figures are gathered. Another piece of writing from 2004 looks forward to the ban. In it, Dr Mac Armstrong declares that it would save 1,000 lives a year in Glasgow alone. The toll for 'estimated' smoking-related deaths at 13,000, however, is lower than the one supplied by Sheila Duffy, two years before the ban came in.
Both figures have in fact been floating around for the last few years, but there is no sign of 1,000 lives a year being saved. (Whether by coincidence or not, this figure was also given as the toll of passive smokers killed every year by secondary smoke: the ones the legislation was meant to protect.) And let's not forget this story, that heart attack rates went down 17 per cent following the smoking ban: now made nonsense by the fact that the English are claiming only a 2.4 per drop in heart attacks as a result of the smoking ban.
It is not known exactly most people die, and it is impossible to come up with precise numbers for a potential factor in a death, like smoking. What is certain is that the smoking ban hasn't dramatically altered the death rate in any of the ways we were led to believe it would.