Nearly 90% of bar staff have said their workplaces are healthier since the smoking ban was enforced in Scotland, according to a survey by Cancer Research. The charity, which conducted a poll of 545 workers, revealed that three quarters of those interviewed believed that the ban would benefit their health in the long-term. The figures also showed that young people were more aware of the positive impact of the ban on their health than older people. While 82% of 18 to 29 year olds claimed that their workplaces were healthier, only 67% of over 50s agreed. Cancer Research UK pointed out that Scotland’s smoke-free legislation would help save many thousands of lives in the next decade both by cutting down on second-hand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit. Professor Gerard Hastings, director of Cancer Research’s Centre for Tobacco Control Research at Stirling University, said: “In just six months the people of Scotland are already reaping the health benefits of going smoke-free.”