E-cigarettes and tobacco control in Scotland
In December 2014, BMA Scotland responded to the Scottish government's 'A consultation on Electronic Cigarettes and Strengthening Tobacco Control in Scotland'.
In its response, BMA Scotland makes recommendations on:
- age restriction for e-cigarettes
- domestic advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes
- inclusion of e-cigarettes on the Scottish Tobacco Retailer Register
- the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places
- smoking in cars carrying children aged under 18.
Read the full BMA Scotland consultation response
- October 2013: European Parliament passes a draft law to make tobacco products less attractive to young people
- September 2013: Scottish government makes commitment to consult on standardised packaging before introducing a bill in the next parliamentary term
- July 2013: Scottish government announces its intention to introduce legislation on standardised packaging to Scottish Parliament
- April 2013: Tobacco displays in large stores and cigarette vending machines banned in Scotland
- April 2012: UK-wide consultation on the use of plain packaging for tobacco products
- April 2012: Tobacco displays in large stores banned in England
- March 2013: Scotland sets out a five year action plan to tackle smoking, including many BMA-backed measures
Read about Scotland's five year action plan
- March 2012: Cigarette vending machines banned in Northern Ireland
- February 2012: Cigarette vending machines banned in Wales
- October 2011: Cigarette vending machines banned in England
The ban on smoking in public places took place in Scotland in 2006 and in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2007.
Steps are also being taken across the four UK nations to curtail tobacco displays and remove advertising from packaging.
In 2010, the Department of health launched a new tobacco control strategy, aiming to halve the number of UK smokers by 2020.
Tobacco Products Directive
In February 2014 the European Parliament approved the Tobacco Products Directive, aiming to make smoking less appealing to young people. Measures include putting health warnings on two thirds of the pack, front and back; banning small packs and some flavours; and tighter controls on the sale of e-cigarettes.
The rules will now need to be approved by the European Council before they enter into force.
Find out more about the Tobacco Products Directive