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Monday, March 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Scottish Smoking Ban!

Faeceitiously noted. (Faecetiously = Faeces + Facetiously).
SCOTLAND's smoking ban has been hailed as the most important development in public health for a generation, as research predicts up to 22,000 people will kick the habit in the next year.

As the country today marks the first anniversary of the ban, figures from NHS Health Scotland show that, of the country's 1.1 million smokers, thousands will quit as a direct result of the ban, and the lives of more than 400 non-smokers will be saved every year from the deadly effects of passive smoking.

NHS Scotland estimates that, among non-smokers, there will be 219 fewer deaths from lung cancer and coronary heart disease as well as 187 fewer deaths from respiratory disease and strokes.

Many people appear to have used the ban as an incentive to quit, with Smokeline receiving almost 27,000 calls between January and the end of March 2006. More than 51,000 calls have been made to Smokeline since October 2005.

Sally Haw, the principal public health adviser for NHS Health Scotland, [said...,] "It will have had the greatest impact on public health in Scotland for a generation. There is an increase in the number of people who quit and a reduction of tobacco consumption. This will reduce deaths from lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory illness."

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In France, anti-smoking legislation introduced in the 1990s saw tobacco consumption down by a third.

Sir Richard Peto, of Oxford University, who studies tobacco's impact on populations and predicts trends, said:

"The effects can take five to ten years to work through. Everyone laughed when the French introduced restrictions on smoking, but lung cancer rates started to drop."
Really? A report touted by an anti-smoking organization in 2003 warned that
female deaths from lung cancer [are] set to rocket in coming years, a [French government] study showed this week.

Landing amid a government crackdown on the quintessentially French habit, the study by national health watchdog INVS predicted that 12,000 women will die from lung cancer each year from 2015, six times as many as in 1980.

Already between 1980 and 2000 the number of female deaths from lung cancer more than doubled, while male deaths from the disease -- a bigger killer in France than any other cancer -- increased by just under 50 percent.
More on Scotland's demise here.

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