Taking action on smoking and health
Commenting on the release of new figures on smoking by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), ASH Scotland’s Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“These new figures provide further indication that government action on smoking and health is an efficient and effective way of improving the health, wealth and well-being of people in Scotland.
“This reports indicates that in just one year 60,000 adults in Scotland have greatly reduced their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia, and together are almost £100million a year better off. How many government actions deliver this kind of benefit?”
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Notes for Editors
ONS figures indicate that Scotland’s smoking rate in 2016 was 17.7%, down from 19.1% in 2015, while the UK’s was 15.8%, down from 17.2% in 2015. Full statistics are available at https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/bulletins/adultsmokinghabitsingreatbritain/2016
In the past year, new rules have seen new plain packs for tobacco, with larger graphic warnings, as well as a ban on ten packs and on smoking in cars carrying children. There has also been an increase in tobacco duty above inflation.
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.
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