Call to ban smoking in vehicles

New recommendations for effective tobacco control legislation published by a charity in Scotland include a proposed ban on smoking in vehicles.

The proposal - Beyond Smoke-free - published by anti-tobacco charity Ash Scotland offers 33 recommendations, one of which calls for a consultation on banning smoking in vehicles, in a bid to tackle "Scotland's biggest preventable killer".

The organisation said the country has taken major steps to cut smoking in the last six years, but that much more needs to be done to reduce the deaths caused by smoking-related diseases - which affects a quarter of all adult residents.

It said that the habit costs the Scottish economy £837 million annually and the NHS in Scotland more than £409 million every year.

Sheila Duffy, chief executive, Ash Scotland, said: "Beyond Smoke-free is ambitious, radical and far-reaching. It contains robust yet achievable recommendations.

"To truly tackle tobacco which is a uniquely addictive and lethal product, ambition, vision and innovation is needed.

"Not everyone will agree with every single recommendation but I hope it will provoke debate about what more we need to do and how best we can use our resources to tackle Scotland's biggest killer."

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