Tobacco Control Activities, 2007–2008 to 2010–2011
|Overall Budget Available||13,545,000||19,996,230||20,358,046||20,295,596|
|1. Smoking Cessation-Related Activity||9,160,500||12,711,230||13,128,096||13,013,096|
|2. Voluntary Sector Activity||1,005,112||983,950||983,950||971,500|
|3. Smoke-Free Laws||2,596,000||2,550,000||2,550,000||2,500,000|
|4. Smoking Prevention||148,125||3,165,000||3,098,000||3,065,000|
|5. Tobacco Communications||550,000||521,000||550,000||300,000|
|8. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010 - Implementation||425,000|
1. Smoking cessation figures do not include the £2 million per annum contained within NHS boards’ unified budgets.
2. The above figures do include the budget for enforcing the smoke-free legislation and is provided by means of a block grant.
ASH Scotland ('Voluntary sector activity') earnings for the coming year don't seem to have reduced much.
Smoking prevention is a big issue in budgetary terms. A survey of young people carried out by Young Scot (remember this picture?) was completed in 2007. Interestingly, it doesn't refer to brightly coloured packaging or the visibility of tobacco in shops as contributing factors to young people smoking. The three most popular options chosen by participants were peer pressure, 'looking good' and curiosity. The range of options offered to young people in the survey did not include either option (the survey questions are listed at the back of the document). Clearly nobody read this report before drafting the law that would ban tobacco displays.
All in all, disappointing that most of this money isn't used elsewhere in the Scottish health service or Scottish society generally.