Taking action on smoking and health
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Responding to the significant reduction in smoking rates indicated in the latest Scottish Household Survey the Chief Executive of health charity ASH Scotland, Sheila Duffy, said:
“Such a substantial reduction in the smoking rate suggests that fewer young people are taking up smoking and more adult smokers are quitting. This is a significant step on the road towards a tobacco-free Scotland and leaves many more people in Scotland in better shape to avoid cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia and the range of other harms caused by tobacco.
“And reducing smoking rates is an effective means of tackling poverty – this survey suggests a 5% reduction in the smoking rate amongst the poorest 20%. That translates into an extra £50million every year in the pockets of the poorest people in our society.”
For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from 2014 Scottish Household Survey:
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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