Taking action on smoking and health
ASH Scotland is welcoming Scottish Government proposals, announced today (Thursday 3rd February 2022), to restrict the advertising and promotion of vaping products to protect children, young people and adult non-smokers, as part of Scotland’s drive to achieve a tobacco-free generation by 2034.
Health charity ASH Scotland is encouraging all public health advocates to support proposals outlined in the government’s consultation paper to restrict the advertising of vaping products on spaces such as billboards and bus shelters, and to limit promotional or sponsorship activities and the distribution of free or cut-price samples.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Promoting novel products is one way in which the tobacco industry is seeking to reach current and future generations of potential consumers.
“Nicotine is highly addictive, and these are age-restricted products for good reason. They are not harmless. Curbing the advertising and promotions of recreational nicotine and tobacco products like these is vital to protect youngsters from being encouraged to experiment.
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s proposals for important precautionary steps to curb the promotion of vape products to protect Scotland’s health.”
Public Health Minister, Maree Todd, said: “Scotland has a world-leading approach to public health initiatives. The impact on health by the long-term use of vaping products is not known, and we believe these products should only be used as a short-term measure to help people stop smoking tobacco – which is an almost uniquely harmful product.
“That is why we are launching this consultation to gather public views on proposals which are aimed at stopping young people and non-smokers from being encouraged to start vaping. Most vapes contain nicotine which is highly addictive and many contain toxic chemicals that could damage health over time.
“To reduce harms, we encourage non-smokers to avoid taking up vaping whilst encouraging people who currently smoke tobacco to consider using vapes as a way to stop-smoking.”
For details about the Scottish Government’s Tightening Rules on Advertising and Promoting Vaping Products consultation paper, go to www.gov.scot/publications
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