The Scottish Executive ruled out a ban on smoking in public places as it revealed a £7m plan to encourage people to stop smoking. Deputy Health Minister Tom McCabe said the plan, entitled A Breath of Fresh Air for Scotland, was geared towards getting smokers to give up through persuasion rather than coercion. The plans include consultation on a ban on smoking in public places, expansion of NHS services and the introduction of a new advertising campaign. McCabe said: "We recognise that many people would prefer to socialise in a smoke-free environment and there is a need to extend personal choice. "So we will be engaging in a widespread public dialogue on the issue of smoking in public places in order to map out the way ahead. "Legislation is clearly an option, but so too is an extension of the voluntary approach."