Smoking ban helps thousands to quit

Last Saturday (March 26) marked the 10 year anniversary of the ban on smoking in public places.

And health chiefs at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have credited the ban with helping people to quit - slashing the prevalance of smoking across Greater Glasgow from 37.5 per cent to 25 per cent.

Dr Emilia Crighton, Director of Public Health at NHSGGC, said: “The smoking ban in public places such as bars, restaurants and hotels has seen a huge fall in the number of people smoking across East Dunbartonshire.

“Within one year of the ban heart attack admissions to hospitals fell by 17 per cent. We’ve seen an 18 per cent year on year fall in the number of children admitted to hospital for asthma in direct contrast to the 5 per cent year on year rise before the ban came into place.”

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