Taking action on smoking and health
In September 2021, ASH Scotland, as part of a group of Scotland’s 10 leading health charities, published a report calling for urgent and bold policy action on health harming products such as tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy food and drink.Today (24th January 2022), six months on from its publication, the group are assessing the progress on the recommendations and calling for action in four key areas regarding health harming products: availability, marketing, treatment services and price and promotion.
The group say it is paramount that the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government act on the consumption of health harming products to tackle rates of non-communicable diseases and prioritise public health in the COVID-19 recovery.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “We are encouraged that the Scottish Government has made commitments to meet five out of the six recommendations, but only one has been met after six months.“The latest noted commitment to the consultation on the domestic advertising of e-cigarettes was to launch by the end of 2021 and it is disappointing that it was delayed with no updated timeline.“To ensure meaningful progress, it is crucial that the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government continue to provide leadership and remain committed to evidence-based action on health harming products such as tobacco.”The NCD progress report can be read [here].
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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