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Healthy Living - Tobacco

Our vision is to create a non-smoking Grampian

Our tobacco control work is designed to reach this goal.

A non-smoking Grampian can be created by:

  • Encouraging and supporting the non-smoking population of Grampian to not start.
  • Encouraging and supporting the smoking population of Grampian to stop.
  • Protecting the population of Grampian from the dangers of passive smoking.

Smoking tobacco remains the single greatest cause of preventable ill health and early death in both Scotland and the United Kingdom.

In Scotland:

  • Around 1.2million people smoke - about 30% of adults.
  • There are more than 13,000 deaths related to smoking, this is around 20 - 25% of all deaths in Scotland.
  • Smoking costs the NHS more than £200 million per year in hospital care. This does not include the cost of primary care, which is the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere).
  • The estimated cost per year of smoking related absence from work is £40 million, and cost £450 million in loss of productivity (how much work is produced).

Tobacco smoke causes:

  • Cancer
  • Long lasting diseases that cause blockages of your airways, such as bronchitis and emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Circulatory Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.
It is vital to the health of people in Grampian that the number of people who smoke continues to drop.
This will let us move closer to our vision of a non smoking Grampian.

More information and contacts

For more information on tobacco control activity in Grampian please contact:

Derek Petrie, Tobacco Control Co-ordinator
(01224) 558575
e-mail: derek.mcleod-petrie@nhs.net

Ross Sutherland, Smoking Advice Service Co-ordinator
(01224) 558452
e-mail: ross.sutherland@nhs.net

Kevin Leslie, Young Persons Tobacco Advisor
(01224) 558410
e-mail: kevin.leslie@nhs.net

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