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Scots back teenage smoking campaign

The majority of Scottish adults think it is unacceptable for under-18s to smoke, a poll has indicated.

An online survey revealed that 83% of Scots believe it is not 'socially acceptable' for children under the age of 18 to smoke.

Meanwhile, 91% said they thought it should be illegal for an adult to buy cigarettes on behalf of a child.

Scotland raised the age at which it is legal to buy cigarettes from 16 to 18 in 2007.

YouGov questioned 1,021 Scottish adults for anti-tobacco charity ASH Scotland in March.

ASH Scotland Chief Executive, Sheila Duffy, said she was pleased with the result.

She said: "Our polling shows that Scots support measures that aim to stop youngsters smoking.

"I believe that people understand the damage that smoking can cause and know it's when people are young that they are most likely to start smoking and to become addicted to tobacco.

"Prevention is the key to reducing young people smoking and we need to communicate to young people just how deadly this product is, and how manipulative and destructive tobacco companies are."

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'Yes I am in full agreement that it is unacceptable for under 18s to smoke. It is socially unacceptable for anybody to smoke especially in public" - Liz Richardson, Scotland