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Falkirk East MSP welcomes significant drop in national smoking rates

The Member of the Scottish Parliament for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has welcomed recently published figures which show that Scotland’s smoking rate has fallen at its fastest level since 1999.

The Scottish Household Survey statistics for 2014 also revealed that there has been a decline of three percentage points in the number of adults who smoke, with the figure dropping down to 20 per cent. Moreover, smoking rates in the most deprived areas of the country decreased from 40 per cent in 2010 to 34 per cent in 2014.

Welcoming the Survey’s report, Holyrood parliamentarian Angus MacDonald commented, “I am encouraged by these figures which show that the Scottish Government is making progress towards its goal of reducing the smoking rate to 5 per cent or less by 2034.”

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Mr. MacDonald continued, “The significant decline of smoking within our most deprived areas is also welcome, particularly as the charity Action on Smoking and Health Scotland has indicated that tackling smoking is an effective way of reducing poverty.”

“Not only will people who quit smoking be at a reduced risk of stroke, cancer and heart disease, the decline in smoking rates equates to an extra £50 million in the pockets of the poorest 20 per cent of people in our society every year.”

"From an environmental perspective, the figures released the Scottish Household Survey are also tremendous news."    

“As an ex-smoker myself, I know first-hand the benefits of giving up smoking: both health-wise and financially speaking. I am therefore delighted that the Scottish Government is on track to create a smoke-free Scotland by 2034. It is vital that we continue to act collectively as a society and encourage one another to finally break the habit - and trash the ash.”

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