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SCOT TO FACE FIRST ENGLISH FAG BAN RAP.

Byline: By Kim Pilling

A DEFIANT Scots pub boss has become the first person to be prosecuted for flouting the smoking ban in England.

Glasgow-born Hamish Howitt, who runs the Happy Scots Bar in Blackpool, is accused of letting his customers light up on seven separate occasions.

Non-smoker Hamish could be fined pounds 2500 for each alleged offence, making a total of pounds 17,500. But he vowed yesterday to keep up his campaign against the ban and said: "I won't pay the fine. I'll go to prison if necessary."

Hamish will face Blackpool magistrates on August 1. He has set up a political party called Fight Against Government Suppression (FAGS) to fight the ban.

Smoking in enclosed public places was banned in Eng-land on July 1. The ban started in Scotland in March last year.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jul 21, 2007
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