"The great majority of people in the U.K. -- 80 percent -- do not smoke," wrote Carol Black, president of the Royal College of Physicians. "Most find cigarette smoke unpleasant and irritating" and a majority of the British public would prefer public places to be smokefree.All Royal Colleges of Medicine warned that employers had a duty to protect staff from harm and that smokefree workplace legislation could save 150,000 lives in the long term. The letter finished: As doctors seeing the daily consequences of smoking and passive smoking, we agree and call on the Government to introduce legislation at the earliest possible opportunity. According to The Times, it is believed to be the first time that all Royal Colleges have made such an issue a common cause.
(Parts excerpted from The Scotsman, Reuters, and CNSNews)