“Smoking levels are still highest in the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland, with 35% of people living in the most disadvantaged areas smoking versus 10% in the wealthier areas. “
Data compiled by SGF revealed that only 24% of the population believed that access to products or information about them should be restricted. In addition, almost half of those surveyed opposed it – with 24% saying they “strongly disagree” and an additional 24% saying they “tend to disagree”. at variance “.
The group said local policymakers and health experts need to take these views into account in order to ‘ensure e-cigarettes are properly positioned to help Scotland achieve its smoke-free goal’.
Scotland’s ‘smoke-free’ goal by 2034
In 2017, the Scottish government announced that it was implementing a tobacco control plan to become ‘smoke free’ by 2034. At the time, the University of Edinburgh and NHS Health Scotland had carried out an investigation into to determine whether efforts to reduce smoking were effective. This had indicated that although the local tobacco control strategy was working, smoking continued to be a problem in low-income communities.
“Evidence shows the positive impact of the smoke-free policy, ranging from a spread out ban that puts tobacco out of sight in small shops and supermarkets, to bringing it to smoke-free NHS grounds,” said Dr Garth Reid, senior public health adviser at NHS Health Scotland at the time.
“Yet smoking levels are still highest in the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland, with 35% of people living in the most disadvantaged areas smoking compared to 10% in the wealthier areas. It is clear that further action to reduce tobacco inequalities is needed if the goal of making Scotland tobacco-free by 2034 is to be achieved, ”he added.
Smoking rates go down
Meanwhile, a Scottish government spokesperson said the situation was improving. ‘Smoking rates were at an all-time low in 2020 and continuing to decline according to the latest Scottish health survey. We remain determined and confident to achieve our 2034 target. ”
“Quitting smoking anytime is one of the best things you can do for your health. The Scottish Government recommends that current smokers who want to quit have access to support from the free NHS quit smoking service which worked during the pandemic. “
“We are committed to advancing a public consultation on the advertising and promotion of nicotine vapor products (NVP). Although we consider them to be an effective tool to get some people to quit smoking, NVPs should not be used by children, youth or non-smokers as nicotine is highly addictive.
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