Scotland celebrates smoking ban anniversary

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On the anniversary of going smokefree, Scotland is already starting to reap the health dividends. Initial results show that 46,466 people have tried to give up since the law has been in place. Commenting on the ban, Alex Markham, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "One year on and the evidence is clear. The Scottish smoking ban is improving the nation's health and we will see many more health gains in the years to come. "Introduced to protect workers and the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke, early research shows that the health of Scotland's bar workers has improved dramatically. And, in the run up to the ban coming into effect, 'stop smoking' services experienced a surge in the number of smokers trying to quit. "The Scots have led the UK on this and have every right to be proud."