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No smoking: Efforts to reduce Scottish smoking addiction praised

30th September 2011 | No Smoking Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Health and safety signs targeting smokers appear be having the desired effect in Scotland, where the cessation rate has exceeded expectations.

There were a total of 228,353 attempts to quit smoking with NHS assistance between April 1st 2008 and March 31st 2011, according to figures from NHS Scotland.

The total number of self-reported cessations one month after the initial "quit date" was 89,075, exceeding targets for the period by 5,100.

Charity Ash Scotland praised the work of successive health ministers to continue to invest time and money in tackling the impacts of tobacco addiction.

The charity's chief executive Sheila Duffy explained: "Tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of death in Scotland and a major contributor to the inequality which blights our society."

She added that the Scottish government's new strategy must set out the next steps towards achieving a "tobacco-free Scotland".ADNFCR-2754-ID-800745608-ADNFCR


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