Survey backs bid to stub out smoking

AN online survey has revealed that people living in East Dunbartonshire want tobacco products to be sold in plain packages – in a bid to prevent young people from smoking.

The survey was set up by MP Jo Swinson.

It showed that almost three out of four people in the district agreed with plans to standardise tobacco products in bland packaging. The UK Government has tabled proposals to reduce the commercial appeal of tobacco products.

Ms Swinson will now submit the online survey results in her response to the Westminster consultation.

She said: “A majority of residents believe that plain packaging will go some way to making sure more young people in our community never become smokers.

“Many people who took part in the consultation were concerned at the way packaging could be used to glamorise products for young people.

“The best way to avoid smoking health damage is to prevent young people from starting in the first place.”

Sheila Duffy, chief executive for awareness group ASH Scotland, said: “We need plain packaging because two thirds of smokers start before they are 18 and the vast majority while still teenagers. Every day roughly 40 young Scots become smokers.”