New report: Next steps for action on tobacco control
The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) (Dr Yvonne Laird, Dr John McAteer) and NHS Health Scotland (Dr Garth Reid, Dr Fiona Myers) have published a report of expert views on successes, challenges and future actions on tobacco control policy in Scotland. The experts – including policy makers, practitioners and researchers – recommended that effective policy actions should focus on reducing health inequalities and could include:
- Adjusting the price of tobacco by increasing the price of tobacco products or having a minimum price for tobacco.
- Reducing the availability of tobacco, for example by incentivising retailers to not sell tobacco.
- Mass media campaigns focused on smoking cessation and second-hand smoke exposure.