Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today said that more needs to be done to help Scots kick the habit as new figures showed just one health board met their smoking cessation targets last year.
New statistics from ISD Scotland showed that NHS Shetland was the only health board to meet new smoking cessation HEAT targets in 2014-15.
On Thursday, Mr Hume will lead a stage 1 debate at the Scottish Parliament of his members’ bill to protect children from the effects of second hand smoke. His bill has the backing of the Holyrood Health Committee and health campaign groups.
Commenting, Mr Hume said:
“Kicking Scotland’s smoking habit is crucial to improving public health. No one needs to be reminded of the danger that cigarettes pose to our health.
“Helping more people stop smoking is a win-win for everyone. Smokers get healthier, their families reduce their exposure to passive smoking and in the long term, pressure on our hard-pressed health services will go down.
“The fact that just one of Scotland’s health boards achieved new smoking cessation targets is a real cause for concern. We need to understand why we have not reached these targets and how we can ensure that this situation is addressed next year.”