Taking action on smoking and health
Campaigners promoting better physical health have welcomed a new integrated approach in the Scottish Government’s draft vision document on mental health. For the first time this contains a clear commitment to address the life expectancy gap whereby people with mental health issues die 10-20 years earlier than the general population.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland has called for action to address the fact that around a third of all tobacco in the UK is used by people with mental health issues, despite most of these smokers saying that they want to quit.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
“Most people who smoke say that they want to stop, and this is as true of people with mental health issues as anyone else. Yet every year thousands of people in Scotland with mental health issues die because of smoking.”
“This new recognition of the strong links between smoking and mental health is a welcome step forward and we hope this will result in support services across the country taking smoking for what it is - an additional burden upon already vulnerable people.”
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
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is the independent Scottish charity working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco. Registered Scottish charity number SC 010412.
The Scottish Government’s draft vision for mental health can be found at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/mental-health-unit/mental-health-in-scotland-a-10-year-vision
Further information on the strong links between smoking and mental health can be found at /what-we-do/tobacco-and-mental-health/
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.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.