Closed petition PE1932: Ban smoking in Scotland and develop a strategy for vaping

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to impose an outright ban on smoking and develop a transformative public health strategy for vaping.

Previous action taken

We’ve aimed to educate MSPs on how Scotland has a real chance to be at the forefront of bringing an innovative approach to eradicate smoking. Ahead of the consultation into the advertising and promotion of Nicotine Vapour Products, we have written to the Health and Social Care team and opposition figures. We have Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP and Stephen Young in Tobacco Control Policy. We’ve had meetings with Sandesh Gulhane MSP and Paul O’Kane MSP who sit on the Health and Sport Committee.

Background information

Smoking kills two in every three long-term smokers. The Pandemic has triggered an increase in smoking rates. Scotland has lost momentum in this public health opportunity and could miss the 2034 smoking free target. Vaping is the best way to quit smoking, latest figures show that 3million smokers have quit through vaping.

VPZ is the UK’s leading vaping specialist with over 150 stores throughout the country. To date, Edinburgh-based VPZ has already helped over 700k smokers in the UK quit since it was established in 2012. The business has recently launched a pioneering vape clinic service to help more smokers quit. VPZ is a member of the UKVIA and has campaigned to engage and outline the public health opportunity of vaping. The Scottish Government’s current consultation to restrict the promotion and advertisement of vaping products has brought this strategy into further focus. VPZ strongly believes that there should be advertising to promote and educate on the public health opportunity of vaping and welcomes engagement and dialogue on helping to shape a strategy that could have a transformative impact on the health of the nation. We strongly believe that an outright ban on smoking and developing a strategy for vaping is the clear, decisive and radical action that will help us achieve this ambition.

  • Created by Doug Mutter on behalf of VPZ
  • Date closed 23 March 2023

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