Taking action on smoking and health
Commenting on a new study* funded by Cancer Research UK which shows that smoking causes 54,200 cases of cancer each year in the UK (22,800 from obesity and 11,900 from alcohol), ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“Smoking is the primary preventable cause of ill health and death in Scotland. That hasn’t changed in decades, and sadly it’s unlikely to change in the near future. Reducing all preventable cancer risk factors is important, but the single best way to prevent future cancers is to act now to bring smoking rates down.
“This study highlights the need for a strong and effective new tobacco strategy to take us further on our journey to a tobacco-free Scotland in 2034, and ASH Scotland calls on the Scottish Government to at least maintain an inflation-linked commitment to continue resourcing work to reduce smoking. When over 10,000 people die every year because of smoking it must be an urgent priority.”
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Notes for Editors
*Brown et al. The fraction of cancer attributable to known risk factors in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the UK overall in 2015. British Journal of Cancer. DOI: 10.1038/s41416-018-0029-6
Embargoed link: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41416-018-0029-6
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