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So what does the Scottish public think about tobacco? Reply

Every year we team up with our ASH colleagues in the rest of Britain to carry out a survey on people’s attitude to all things tobacco.

The Scottish results produce a host of interesting information about a range of topics.

Recently, figures from our YouGov survey have hit the headlines.

Our poll showed the use of electronic cigarettes among adult smokers in Scotland has increased by over five times in the past four years, from 3% in 2010 to 17% in 2014.

It also revealed use of e-cigarettes among adult ex-smokers in Scotland was 3% in 2014.

It highlighted a dramatic rise in the number of current smokers in Scotland who have tried electronic cigarettes over the past four years. In 2010, only 7% of current smokers had ever tried electronic cigarettes. By 2014, the figure had risen to 45%.

Another set of results made news on World No Tobacco Day last week, which had the theme of increasing tax on tobacco to reduce consumption.

The poll showed 53% of people in Scotland agree with using tax to increase the price of tobacco products 5% faster than the rate of inflation each year. A total of 21% disagree with the idea. There was 51% agreement among ex-smokers while 21% disagreed. Among current smokers, 18% agreed but 65% per cent were against the move.

So here are some more stats that we haven’t made public until now.

Overall 64% of Scottish adults (28% of smokers) support requiring tobacco to be sold in plain standardised packaging with the product name in standard lettering.
11% (35% of smokers) oppose the move, currently being considered by the UK Government to make tobacco less attractive to young people.

The smoking ban in Scotland continues to be popular, with 85% of Scottish adults (55% of smokers) supporting the law that made enclosed public places and work places smoke-free. 8% (30% of smokers) oppose it.

A bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present has been introduced at the Scottish Parliament. Our survey reveals 75% of Scottish adults (61% of smokers) agree that smoking should not be permitted in cars that are carrying children younger than 18, while 11% (18% of smokers) disagree.

Another move aimed at children has support in large measure. 74% of Scottish adults (48% of smokers) agree smoking should be banned in outdoor children’s play areas, 11% (37% of smokers) disagree.

And the sight of people lighting up outside hospitals certainly doesn’t appeal to the Scottish public. The poll shows 73% of Scottish adults (32% of smokers) agree that smoking should be banned in hospital grounds, and 15% (48% of smokers) disagree.

We’ll be unveiling more results from the survey in the coming weeks and months.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1064 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5-14 March 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scotland adults (aged 18+).


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