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Lung Cancer

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he will be taking to seek to bring down the high incidence of lung cancer in Glasgow; and if he will make a statement.

Tobacco smoking is a prime cause of lung cancer. The Government's strategy is to inform people about the health risks associated with smoking by the promotion of health education. At national level, the Scottish Health Education Group spent £267,000 (provisional) in 1986–87 on its anti-smoking programmes. In addition, by its sponsorship of the Scottish Football Association cup, positive health messages about nonsmoking have been included in trackside and other advertising at football grounds. Information about health education programmes undertaken by Greater Glasgow health board can be obtained from the health board.Tobacco smoking is the greatest single cause of avoidable ill health and premature death in Scotland and any reduction in smoking would consequently reduce the incidence of lung cancer.