Sunday 23 September 2012

Petition PE 01451 reported in Scottish Sunday Express

Another good write-up on the petition from Ben Borland in the Scottish Sunday Express
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Paul Waterson of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and Sheila Duffy of ASH Scotland are both interviewed. The writer Ben Borland also called me and Bill Gibson at home. Paul Waterson rightly points out that our ban is more severe than those in Europe, and that ventilation technology has moved on apace since 2006 (which it has, but it could no doubt have coped with tobacco smoke even then). He would like to see smoking rooms reintroduced.

Sheila Duffy expects to provide 'scientific evidence that secondary smoke is harmful', which rather seems to miss the point of the petition. The petition refutes the notion that secondary smoke needs to be isolated and banned, rather than treated as just one of many airborne toxins. If all toxins are dealt with by setting air quality standards and applying technology where it is needed, there is no need for additional evidence about the toxicity of smoke. If it is so dangerous it will exceed the air quality standards, and air cleaning/ventilation will be applied.

She also refers to improvements in heart attack rates (supporting the 'junk science of the year' study by Professor Jill Pell announced to the world in 2007 and published in 2008), and disputes that pubs have suffered since the smoking ban was implemented. I was fully expecting a retaliation from Sheila Duffy to the Scotsman piece on the petition published on Friday: that may yet come.


Anonymous said...

Well it's only taken six and a half years for the SLTA to speak up for publicans and smoking pub goers, but well said Paul Waterson-better late than never.
More to the point; well done Freedom To Choose (Scotland) and particularly Belinda, the smoking ban was, so we were told six years ago, a fait accompli and was totally accepted and no one was interested in challenging it. Bravo those-past and present- who would not let go, the issue, far from being settled, is more alive today than ever.
By the way, ASH Scotland will present evidence on the harmfulness of ETS? Well, about time, they've had six and a half years to make it up.
Finally, how typical of the anti smoking lobby to try to avoid the subject at hand
(i.e. ventilation) you suppose Sheila is related to David and Rollo?
Oh. One more thing. ASH Scotland; Charity or QUANGO? What IS the proper term for a quasi autonomous non government organisation funded to the tune of nearly £1M per year from public funds to 'advise' the Government on a particular issue?

Anonymous said...

Well done Belinda, we will have to see what Sheila Duffy comes up with, but as you and I know, she either lies or states the whole ban was a con, I think will stick to the first.
Greg Burrows
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Klaus K. said...

You now need to spread your petition widely and get more people to sign via facebook.

Catch phrase: Relax the smoking ban