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Big Tobacco battles plain packs Reply

Scotland’s Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson, has today vowed to press ahead with legislation for standardised tobacco packaging, despite the efforts of Big Tobacco to undermine the initiative.
There’s no doubt the minister is right to criticise tobacco companies for trying to do anything they can to defeat the health measure.


Small drop in smoking would save smokers £13 million Reply

Smokers in Scotland’s most deprived areas spend over £1 million per day on tobacco

One percentage point reduction in smoking prevalence would lead to huge financial benefits

Annual savings would be around £13 million

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Storify of our Young People’s Conference on 3rd October 2013 Reply

Yesterday, ASH Scotland and our partners at YouthLink Scotland, Youth Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Children in Scotland, Young Scot, Fast Forward, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and Urban Fox put on an even at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Young people and smoking prevention was on the agenda  – can we be ‘tobacco free’ by 2034? Here’s our storify of some of the top tweets of the day…


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E-cigarettes versus Nicotine patches 1

A study from New Zealand (full study text pdf, news report) was published earlier today in the high profile medical journal Lancet which compared the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes to nicotine patches for quitting smoking. It found e-cigarettes ‘…with or without nicotine, were modestly effective at helping smokers to quit, with similar achievement of abstinence as with nicotine patches.’ Let’s take a look at it and see if we can put the results in context… More…

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Plain packaging – evidence arrives from Australia Reply

Earlier this month, public health Minister Anna Soubry told the Westminster Parliament that plans to implement plain, standardised packaging in the UK were to be put on hold to get more evidence about how things work out in Australia. In response the Scottish Government said it is committed to introducing standardised packaging independently. Some early evidence from Australia has now been published – what does it add?