Tory MSP calls for smoking ban extension

Tuesday 18th June 2019

A Conservative politician is calling for the smoking ban in to be extended to cover playgrounds and outdoor sports venues.

Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire, says “children should not be put at risk of second-hand smoke inhalation when they are using a public play park”.

The Welsh government introduced a similar move in 2017.

Smoking in public places like bars, pubs and restaurants has been banned in Scotland since 2005.

England and Wales followed suit a year later.

The Borders MSP lodged a parliamentary motion saying the change would improve public health.

She said: “I believe Parliament should be given a chance to consider my proposals to see smoking banned in play parks. In my motion, I have proposed extending this even further to include other outdoor areas. However, I am happy to listen to the debate in Parliament about what and what not this should include.”

“In my opinion, children should not be put at risk of second-hand smoke inhalation when they are using a public play park. These areas should be safe, fun and inclusive places and not for smoking. The smoking ban in 2006 greatly reduced second-hand smoke exposure from 85% of people in 2003 to 24% now, and I believe my proposal would help this drop to continue.”

“I am grateful for my MSP colleagues for their support of this motion so far and I look forward to debating this after the summer recess.”