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Scotland 'tobacco free' by 2034?

2nd April 2013

Scotland's Minister for Public Health has announced that the country wants to see just 5% of its population still smoking by 2034.

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The target is set out as part of a Scotland's new tobacco control strategy, which has been published as Tobacco Control Strategy - Creating a Tobacco-Free Generation.

Other key measures include support for introducing standardised packaging, investment in educating young people and having non-smoking hospital grounds by 2015.

Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said: "We’ve already seen the huge health benefits that followed the ban on smoking in public places. This government is determined to build on this success, improving health and reducing health inequalities by reducing the number of people smoking."

"Our vision of a tobacco-free generation is about reaping the health, social and economic benefits that a significant reduction in smoking would bring – it would be an achievement of which we could all be proud."

 

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