I've called on the Scottish Government to do more to help Scots quit smoking as figures released today show that the number of people attempting quit with the help of the NHS has dropped for the fourth consecutive year.
CThese figures show only 7% of smokers in Scotland tried to quit with the help of the NHS.
Giving up smoking doesn’t just improve your physical health, it also improves your mental health.
People with a diagnosed mental health problem are more likely to take up smoking which increases the risk of anxiety, stress and depression.
Tackling Scotland’s nicotine habit will go a long way to taking pressure off struggling NHS services – including GPs on the front line.
The fact that fewer people are seeking to quit and the number of people using the support services which are available through the NHS has fallen for the fourth year in a row is a real cause for concern.
If Scotland is to be smoke free by 2034 it’s time the Scottish Government took this seriously. Raising awareness of the dangers of smoking and the help that is available to quit must be a priority.