Myth: There will be heavy handed enforcement with undercover officers and covert filming
Pro smoking organisations and landlords reasoned that the smoking ban would result in heavy handed enforcement, covert filming and armies of undercover enforcement officers
Source of the claim: BBC and Forest
Never going to happen. Course not.
COUNCIL staff are to use hidden headcams to catch people having a sneaky ciggie in no-smoking zones.
The £700 cameras look just like mobile bluetooth headsets.
But Trading Standards officers will use them to catch smokers and hit them with a £50 fine - and another £100 if they are caught throwing away the fag end.
Four officers will patrol the towns of Ayr, Girvan, Troon, Prestwick, and Maybole.
If the project is successful, it could be taken up by local authorities across Scotland.
I make that - BBC & Forest 1 (thousand) v ASH 0
Either ASH were lying or just ineptly deluded, their choice. We look forward to the retraction on their web-site.
NB: This could lead to a series of ASH-myth-busting-busting, so cache the ASH page like I have.