Smoking is the primary preventable cause of ill-health and premature death. Each year tobacco:
- Kills around 10,000 Scots (one fifth of all deaths)
- Is linked to 128,000 hospital admissions
- Costs NHSScotland more than £300 million
That is why we have taken radical action to stub out smoking. We aim to create a tobacco free generation by 2034. A generation of young people with no desire to smoke and free from the health and economic disadvantages that come with tobacco.
As we have become increasingly aware of the damages caused by tobacco, fewer people are taking up the habit and the Scottish Government has increased controls.
Most recently, we have brought in new laws which:
- Ban the sale of tobacco and Nicotine Vapour Products (NVPs) to under 18's
- Stop people buying these products for under 18’s
- Require shops to seek proof of age for those who look under 25
- Ask tobacco and NVP retailers to register
- Made it illegal to smoke in a car with children present
Later this year we will make it an offence to smoke within 15 metres of a hospital building. On-the-spot penalties of £50 will be given to those who do.
We also plan new laws around the sale and promotion of NVPs and will take action to make prisons smoke free.
Great progress has been made in tackling the health inequalities caused by tobacco. It is becoming unfashionable to smoke. We are discouraging young people from taking up smoking, helping those adults who do smoke to stop and protecting people from the harm caused by second-hand smoke.
Various things have been done to achieve this. Among these we: