Almost two-thirds of Scots oppose their government plans to impose a smoking ban in hospital grounds, finds a new Scottish survey.
A survey found that greater number of people in Scotland are against plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban. A total of 845 Scots participated in the survey and 54% strongly disagreed with imposing a fine of up to £1,000 on any person convicted of the offense of smoking in a non-smoking area in hospital grounds. 68% strongly disagreed with the proposal to ban smoking across all hospital grounds in the country.
Maureen Watt, Minister of Public Health, said, "Hospitals are places where people go for rest, recuperation and recovery, and it's quite right that they should be smoke-free. I welcome all the hard work that has been put in by NHS boards around the country to lead by example and make this a reality."
"Tobacco remains the biggest cause of preventable death in Scotland, which is why we want to create a tobacco-free generation by 2034. Measures like smoke-free hospital grounds play their part in creating a culture change on tobacco, and discouraging people from taking up the habit in the first place," he added.
But the survey showed that Scots were more supportive to restrict the sale of nicotine vapor products, such as e-cigarettes, to under-18s. More than 70 percent are in favor of this and want retailers to be required to verify the age of those trying to buy e-cigarettes and tobacco products.