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A Place to be Smoke Free Campaign Oral Question, 29/04/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 29 April 2015 Roderick Campbell (SNP) asked the Scottish Government whether it will review its “a place to be smoke free” campaign.

The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt replied that “A place to be smoke free” is an NHS Fife campaign to support the implementation of its smoke-free grounds policy. The campaign has been accompanied by new “smoke free” signage across the NHS Fife estate. NHS Fife is monitoring compliance with its smoke-free policy on an on-going basis. Initial observations are that there has been a reduction in smoking and tobacco-related litter across NHS Fife grounds.

Tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable ill health and early death in Scotland. The Government is committed to tackling that, and I welcome the efforts of all national health service boards, including NHS Fife and NHS Health Scotland, in implementing and supporting smoke-free policies. It may be difficult for some smokers, but the measure is a positive response to complaints about smoking on NHS grounds from staff, patients and visitors. I thank all patients, visitors and staff for their efforts to respect the policies.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 April  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 April 2015