Police in Scotland say they will refuse to enforce the ban on smoking public places that is due to be announced next week. A ban on smoking in pubs, restaurants and offices would come into effect in March 2006. The police’s refusal to take action against those who flout the prohibition could see responsibility pass to councils or area health boards. The tobacco industry argued in London yesterday that passive smoking did not justify "draconian" new regulations. The Times 06/11/04 page 13