Taking action on smoking and health
This report from ASH Scotland demonstrates that, based on a conservative analysis, the societal costs of tobacco use amount to nearly £1.1 billion in Scotland. It adds to the existing literature examining the costs and benefits of tobacco production, sale and consumption. In this analysis we calculate that tobacco-attributable costs to society outstrip tobacco-specific duty attributed to in Scotland by some £129 million.
Up in smoke is consistent with evidence from other sources which demonstrate that, instead of being an easy revenue generator for the nation, tobacco does not seem to pay its way in society due to the immense scale of harm it causes. By contrast, effective interventions to reduce tobacco harm offer excellent value for money. Download the report (pdf)
Smoking costs, conservatively, around £1.1 billion to Scotland each year.
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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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