SUBMISSION BY TONY FRANCE
I am a hospital consultant physician with a special interest in chest
diseases. On a daily basis I see the ill health and premature death of
Scottish smokers due to the effects of tobacco smoke. Scotland's record
on smoking related disease is a national disgrace. I will support any
measure to discourage people from smoking.
I hope the Scottish Parliament will not be deceived by pressure groups
claiming that the pub and restaurant trades will suffer. Firstly, Non-
smokers will return to the pubs and restaurants they deserted years ago
when the smoke became insufferable. Secondly, these trades will also
benefit from having customers who live longer and therefore continue to
visit pubs etc long after the smokers have died off or become too
breathless to get to the pub. In short, a long lived healthy customer
is a better business proposition for these trades.