Figures show smoking decline in Tayside

Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, has expressed his delight at figures which show more than 14,000 people have attempted to stop smoking in the NHS Tayside area in the last three years. The figures cover the period April 2008 to March 2011.

Mr Dey said: “Leading a smoke-free life is one simple way to improve your health dramatically, and I am very pleased to see so many people in Angus South attempt to quit the habit.

“These figures show that right across Scotland people are determined and willing to stop smoking, which will go a long way to make us a fitter, healthier and happier nation, never mind the positive impact it will have on your wallet.

“The figures also show that we have a strong support network of health professionals across Angus and Tayside ready to provide help and advice, and NHS Tayside should be commended for this.

“There is always work that needs to be done to tackle the challenge smoking provides however, but the tough new display regulations for cigarettes and tobacco introduced by the Scottish Government will further improve matters.

“As we continue to try and be smoke-free, and with major sporting events such as the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games heading to Scotland very shortly, I’ve no doubt people will be much keener to kick their habit into touch.”