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Campaign and petition email responses | Help create a smoke free generation

Campaign and petition email responses

Help create a smoke free generation

The Scottish Government remain committed to a tobacco-free Scotland by 2034 and the Scottish Government welcomed the opportunity to take part in the UK-wide consultation on creating a smoke-free generation.

The consultation response commits to legislation via a UK-wide Bill to change the age of sale legislation and to provide powers within the bill to legislate on vape flavours, display, packaging, and other measures.

This will create a generational change, meaning that children born after 1 January 2009 will never legally be able to buy tobacco.

The Scottish Government is stopping the start – as it’s much easier to never start smoking tobacco than it is to give it up.

Separately, the UK Government, Scottish Government and Welsh Government intend to introduce legislation to ban the sale, supply and importation of disposable vapes.

The Scottish Government’s own Children’s Parliament consultation report highlights the strong ambition of children in Scotland to live in a tobacco-free healthier Scotland.

Scotland has a range of world-leading tobacco control measures – Scotland was the first country in the UK to introduce a ban on smoking in indoor public places in March 2006. As a result, smoking rates are at an all-time low.

However, more work needs to be done to meet the goal of a Tobacco-Free Scotland, lowering smoking rates to 5% or less by 2034.

The Scottish Government’s ocument/tobacco-vaping-framework-roadmap-2034.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tobacco and Vaping Framework launched in November, sets out the roadmap to 2034 and outlines decisive action to ensure the Scottish Government hits their goal.

In their ocument/equality-opportunity-community-programme-government.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Programme for Government, published in September, the Scottish Government committed to taking action to reduce vaping among non-smokers and young people.

The marketing of vapes, which appears to be aimed at younger groups, is completely unacceptable – the Scottish Government have been working on action to address this as a priority.

In February, the Scottish Government laid an SSI in Parliament on the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 - these commencement regulations enable provisions within it to be enacted; they include the ability to tighten rules on the advertising and promotion of vaping products

In December 2023, the Scottish Government’s ‘Take Hold’ marketing campaign educated parents, carers and children about the dangers of vaping and increase the awareness of the harms and risks of nicotine addiction.

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