The Journal of the American Medical Association reports today that a study of bars in Scotland shows an immediate improvement in the health of employees once smoking was banned. For 30 years, evidence has been compiled about the long-term negative effects of second-hand smoke, and the battle has now moved from offices to restaurants and to the back seats of cars.
The important finding here is that the improvement in breathing among waiters and bartenders was seen within two months following a government ban on smoking. Previous studies have showed immediate sharp reductions in heart attacks in some American communities where indoor smoking was banned.
Such laws are no-brainers, an apt description of the Camel Cavalcade of deniers who feel death is an appropriate remedy for those who choose to work in the restaurant industry. Not only is health improved, but the there is mounting evidence that sales increase when the smoke is banned.
Now, what can we do about that other disgusting staple of Scottish taverns – the haggis?