Another accusation bears a second look:
“Almost one in four people in Scotland smoke. The cost to Scotland in terms of lives lost, NHS bills, healthcare and other related costs is staggering,” [Anne Jones] said.One in four seems to be used quite frequently:
- One in four babies is born to a mother that smokes.
- One in four adults in Wales smokes.
- One in four smokers who started as teenagers die in middle age as a result of their habit.
- Smoking accounts for one in four cancer deaths.
- In 2004, the most recent year for which we have data, it was estimated that almost 13,500 deaths - nearly one in four of all deaths in Scotland - were attributed to smoking.
- Within the UK, historically, smoking rates have been higher in Scotland than England and Wales, but in 2004, the prevalence was similar in all three countries, at about one in four adults.
Matheson should not be distressed by this hurtful display of one-upmanship from the Australian branch of ASH. Tobacco control laws are nothing to be proud of, especially when characterised by absurd races to be ahead of other countries.