Ban on smoking does not breach right to private life

Two patients detained at low and medium secure psychiatric units who claimed that the blanket ban on smoking in the grounds of the mental health hospitals breached their human rights have had their actions dismissed.

A judge in the Court of Session ruled that the complete ban on smoking was “lawful” and did not breach the petitioners’ rights to respect for a private life, but held that the prohibition on lighters was “unlawful”.

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