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Second anniversary of Scotland's smoking ban

It is two years since Scotland banned smoking in enclosed public spaces and new figures released today show 40,000 people attempted to give up smoking across Scotland last year.

Health Minister Shona Robison said: "Great strides have been made in reducing the number of smokers in Scotland in recent years, and creating an environment which supports people to give up.

"However, we can not rest on our laurels. Smoking remains the most important and preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland.

"It is really encouraging to see that thousands of people attempted to stop smoking last year. However, we also recognise that there was a drop in that number compared to 2006.

"This is why our strategy for the future will not only support those remaining smokers to give up but also concentrates on discouraging people from taking up the habit in the first place.

"Later this year, I will be publishing a five-year action plan for tackling smoking and this will focus on discouraging young people in particular, by making cigarettes and other tobacco products less accessible and less attractive.

"We will also be investing an additional £33m over the next three years to enable NHS Boards to continue the good work already being done.

"I would encourage everyone who currently smokes to visit a cessation service and find out what help is available to help kick the habit for good."

The second anniversary of the smoking ban in Scotland falls on March 26, 2008.

The Scottish Government