Taking action on smoking and health
News Release FOR IMMEDIATE USE: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Welcoming the announcement of the Scottish Government’s response to its recent consultation on e-cigarettes and tobacco, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland Sheila Duffy said:
“Although e-cigarettes are likely to be far safer than smoked tobacco, there are still some unknowns and risks including the risk of addiction. Regulations to protect children from companies who will be looking to target them as future consumers are welcome.
“For existing smokers who are struggling to quit, e-cigarettes could be an alternative. Some smokers have found that these devices mimic the experience of cigarettes closely enough to allow them to move on to using these less harmful devices instead of cigarettes. I'd like to see this legislation walk the tightrope of protecting our children from commercial companies selling recreational nicotine, while at the same time facilitating adult smokers to be free from tobacco.
“Tobacco itself is a uniquely lethal and addictive substance, and there is a real danger that we forget how dangerous smoking is.
“Supporting NHS Boards by making it an offence to smoke near hospital buildings should help to make entrances smoke-free. This is about changing attitudes to tobacco, and recognising just how many of those currently receiving NHS treatment have had their lives damaged by cigarettes.”
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
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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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