Smoking ban could mean no lung cancer in Scotland

Wiping out lung cancer in Scotland is a realistic possibility said Chief Medical Officer Harry Burns in his first annual report.

Smoking and lung cancer
Dr Burns states that the smoking ban in Scotland will reduce lung cancer rates to just a few hundred cases a year. The ban has already reduced passive smoking rates and is showing early signs of encouraging more people to quit.

The publication of this first annual report coincides with lung cancer awareness month.

Dr Burns said: ‘Imagining Scotland with no lung cancer is not trivial speculation. In 1960s, one in 100 men died of lung cancer. Today, rates are falling all the time and thanks to the smoking ban, I expect the reduction in deaths to accelerate until dying from the disease becomes a rare occurrence.'

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