Taking action on smoking and health
The number of adult smokers in Scotland has fallen below one million, according to statistics released today (2 December).
Health charity ASH Scotland has welcomed the achievement of the important milestone in the battle to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use.
The statistics, revealed in the Scottish Health Survey 2013 figures released today, show a significant drop in the percentage of adults reporting that they smoked – from 25% in 2012 to 21% in 2013.
The 21% smoking rate means the number of adult smokers in Scotland has fallen below one million for the first time since before the Second World War.
ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“This is a landmark moment - fewer than a million adults in Scotland are now smokers.
“When ASH Scotland was founded 41 years ago the smoking rate was more than double the current 21% figure.
“But hard work and a range of key health initiatives have helped increasingly to put tobacco out of fashion.
“We must continue this drive to ensure that Scotland reaches our goal of achieving a tobacco-free generation by 2034.
“The adult smoking rates represent an achievement – but there is more work to be done to reduce children’s exposure to tobacco smoke.
“The new figures show that 11% of children report they are exposed to second-hand smoke in the home. A new target has been set to reduce that figure to 6% by 2020.
“A Scottish Government campaign highlighted the issue this year – but the focus on reducing children’s exposure to second-hand smoke must continue – we owe it to the next generation.”
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