SUBMISSION FROM SAM BUTLER
With reference to the above subject and the recent article in the West Lothian Courier, my wife and myself are in full support of a total ban in smoking in public places.
A large number of work places already have such a ban in place and the main problem in public is smoking in licensed premises.
There is nothing worse than going out to a social event and having to put up with the noxious smell of cigarette smoke throughout the evening and then to take the smell home with you on your clothing and body.
I noticed that Mr McConnell seemed to be favouring a partial ban which would not include licensed premises. No doubt they would have to have no smoking areas. We all know, however that these tend to be small areas, usually adjacent to smoking areas, which offer little are no protection from second hand smoke.
I wonder what the civil position is with regards to licensees, if I was injured or had my clothing damaged due to negligence on their premises then I could take out a claim for damages. If, then, my clothing requires cleaning due to being impregnated with smoke on their premises would they be liable to the costs. They would have been aware of the hazard on their premises and chose to subject their customers to it! I also feel that it is grossly unfair that staff in these premises are constantly subjected to smoke whether they want it or not.
It is about time the views of the silent majority are listened to. and not just those who shout the most!