Taking action on smoking and health
Commenting on new research from academics at the University of Stirling, health campaigners ASH Scotland call for the tobacco industry to be held accountable for the damage it causes to communities.
ASH Scotland Chief Executive, Sheila Duffy, said:
“Tobacco is addictive and lethal, it's not a typical consumer product. This is why cigarette displays are covered up and tobacco is now in plain packaging. This research shows that tobacco companies are still trying to push their products and brands despite the restrictions.
“When used as intended, tobacco robs people of their health and of years of their lives. For every 100 packs of cigarettes a shop sells, 15 days of life expectancy is lost within the community that shop serves. And throughout Scotland there are 8 tobacco retail outlets for every one pharmacy - it is eight times easier to buy this poison than medicines.
“Retailers' profits from selling tobacco are tiny - it's the tobacco companies that are making the real killing.
“Big Tobacco has shielded itself behind smokers and retailers for too long. It's time we started to hold them more accountable. I believe we should be looking at ways to reclaim some of their huge profits to help offset the damage they do to people's lives. We should look at banning manufacturers and distributors from incentivising retailers to promote these deadly products.”
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Notes for Editors
Embargoed link to the research: http://press.psprings.co.uk/tc/july/tc053724.pdf Public link once embargo lifts: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-053724
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