Taking action on smoking and health
There was a stir in March 1982 when “secret” Government figures were revealed, showing two-thirds of UK smokers wanted to give up. Dr Eileen Crofton said: “The Government certainly have these figures. You would have thought they would publish them.” The percentage of smokers who want to quit is about the same now as it was 30 years ago, despite fears that the only tobacco users left are the “hardened” smokers.
In April 1985, the media covered the second edition of our influential report The Smoking Epidemic, listing the smoking death toll in each parliamentary constituency. “When the first issue of the report was brought out two years ago, an estimated 8213 deaths a year were attributable to smoking, out of 63,299 total deaths. Now it is 9429 out of 63,454,” reported the Glasgow Herald.
“Skoal Bandits and other tobacco ‘sweets’ which have been linked with oral cancer are to be banned,” said The Herald in February 1988. Having campaigned for the ban on Skoal Bandits oral tobacco pouches, we said: “This is the most decisive Government action that has yet been taken on the tobacco issue,” but added: “If these are unsafe products, what on earth are cigarettes?”
(left) ASH Scotland's Director, Alison Hillhouse, hard at work in the office in 1995
In 1984, Dr Eileen Crofton retired as ASH Scotland’s first director and Alison Hillhouse took over.
Our second decade saw a large expansion in services offered and ended in 1992 with ASH Scotland receiving a new legal status as an independent Scottish charity.
The following year, in collaboration with British Heart Foundation, we launched a telephone helpline for smokers amid building momentum toward more comprehensive restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.