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Ambitious plan for “tobacco-free” Scotland by 2034

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2100 (Published 03 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2100
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

The Scottish government has again positioned itself as the pacesetter in smoking cessation in the United Kingdom, launching a fresh attack on smoking with the aim of making the country virtually “smoke-free” by 2034.

Scotland has become only the third country in the world to set a timetable for reducing smoking to less than 5% of the population. New Zealand and Finland have set targets of 2025 and 2040.

To achieve its aim, Scotland has made a commitment to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes as part of a wider initiative to …

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