Scottish conservatives call for public debate on smoking ban

Scottish conservatives call for public debate on smoking ban

[JURIST] Scotland's Tory leader David McLetchie is calling for public debate over Scotland's proposed ban on smoking in public places, saying the ban is tougher than that proposed in a UK white paper, published in November (JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the UK proposal). The Scottish plan, approved by the Scottish Executive last November, would ban smoking in all public places, while the UK plan for England and Wales allows an exemption for clubs and pubs that do not serve food. Calling the English approach "far more reasonable and balanced," McLetchie has said that the public should be asked which plan they favor. BBC News has more.