Taking action on smoking and health
The Scottish Public Health Observatory has estimated that a one per cent reduction in smoking prevalence would save around 540 lives a year; reduce smoking-attributable hospital admissions by around 2,300; and reduce estimated NHS spending on smoking-related illness by between £13 million and £21 million.(ScotPHO Smoking Ready Reckoner – 2011 Edition (June 2012))
13 October 2015
Source: ISD Scotland. Prescribing of smoking cessation products in Scotland financial years 2005/06–2014/15. 13 October 2015. Available from: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Prescribing-and-medicines/Publications/index.asp#1496 [Accessed 19 October 2015]
Over all in Scotland in 2014/15:
In the most deprived areas in Scotland in 2014/15:
Source: ISD Scotland. NHS Smoking Cessation Service Statistics (Scotland) 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. 06 October 2015. Available from: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Public-Health/Publications/index.asp#1488 [Accessed 06 October 2015]
22 September 2015
05 June 2013: New guidance, Tobacco: harm-reduction approaches to smoking: guidance, from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that licensed nicotine products, such as patches and gum, should be offered to people who smoke and are struggling to quit to help them cut down on cigarettes.
67% of smokers in Scotland want to quit yet until fairly recently there were few effective support services in place to help them. The White Paper on tobacco, Smoking Kills, outlined a national smoking cessation policy for Scotland, providing local services and the provision of stop smoking aids such as Zyban and Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The NHS in Scotland spends an estimated £140 million on hospital treatment for diseases caused by smoking. Helping smokers to quit is a highly cost effective public health measure. ASH Scotland believes all proven treatments which help smokers to quit should be freely available on the NHS in Scotland
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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