After the smoke has cleared--reflections on Scotland's tobacco control legislation

Public Health. 2008 Aug;122(8):762-6. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2008.03.003. Epub 2008 May 15.


This article reflects on the successful introduction of tobacco control legislation in Scotland. It locates the need for such an approach within the broader context of Scotland's poor smoking-related health record, and traces the development of policy thinking from initial scepticism and caution to later widespread endorsement and effective introduction. The considerable benefits achieved in terms of air quality improvement, avoidance of adverse health outcomes and broader policy empowerment are described. The importance of learning from other administrations, and political and professional leadership are described.

MeSH terms

  • Advertising
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Scotland
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Industry / organization & administration
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution