I am so mad about this - I could just about get up a picket line. Every time you go to ARI you have to plough through all the second hand smoke ......... and, at the end of the day it is thee and me who are paying for it. Thank God I'm moving into Angus - hope they don't do that down there as well !!!
Move to Edinburgh where it's definitely safe!
I've never encountered ANY second-hand smoke, either at the Royal Infirmary or the Western General, or at St John's in nearby Livingston. However, my lungs are regularly assaulted by the smokers congregating outside the pubs in my area - gales, rain, snow ... nothing stops them.
Actually, that article reminded me of the time I worked for a Medical Research Trust, which awarded a grant of £50,000 (late 1960's money) for 3 years to The Distillers Company so's they could carry out research into alcohol abuse. The idea behind it was to educate people so's they'd drink sensibly, not senselessly, but it did seem a bit like they were shooting themselves in the foot.