Taking action on smoking and health
Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer was today proud to endorse Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation.
The Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is an initiative by health charity Action on Smoking and Health Scotland to help deliver a tobacco-free generation by 2034. The Charter has six key principles to inspire organisations to take action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco in their communities.
Dr Calderwood’s Office is joining an esteemed list of over 130 organisations that have already pledged action towards a tobacco-free Scotland including Cancer Research UK, Early Years Scotland, Scottish Cot Death Trust and Fife College.
The Charter backs the Scottish Government aim of reducing smoking prevalence to below 5% by 2034. In the next six months the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland will introduce offences for smoking near hospital buildings, provide increased cessation support for prisoners as part of the drive to make Scotland’s prisons smoke-free and improve the services available for women during and after pregnancy to help them give up smoking for the benefit of their children.
Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland said:
“Smoking is the largest preventable cause of illness and death in Scotland and is a priority for those involved in improving Scotland’s health. We must all work to support smokers across our communities to quit, and to reach Scotland’s aim of 5% or less of the population smoking by 2034. I’m delighted to support Scotland’s Charter for a tobacco-free generation and would encourage all my colleagues working in healthcare to do so too.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
“I’m delighted that Dr Calderwood is supporting the Charter and underlining the importance of reducing smoking in Scotland. The Charter is effective in generating action against the harms that tobacco does and helping create a future where cigarettes are history. The leadership of the Chief Medical Officer is important and welcome in making others aware of this initiative.”
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
Notes for Editors
Scots spend more than £1.5 billion a year on tobacco. Smoking inflicts huge costs on an unwilling population – with £1 billion every year taken just from Scottish smokers who want to quit.
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