Scottish Government Tobacco and Alcohol Frameworks
Since 2008/09, we have spent over £746 million on addressing higher-risk alcohol and problematic drug use which includes £53.8 million for this year; and we are also providing an additional £20 million each year for frontline alcohol and drugs services for the lifetime of this Parliament. However, the facts speak for themselves. Alcohol-specific deaths totalled 1,120 in 2017. Taken together with the 934 drugrelated deaths in Scotland in 2017, that totals 2,054 lives lost as a result of these harmful consumption behaviours.
This document sets out our national prevention aims on alcohol: the activities that will reduce consumption and minimise alcohol-related harm arising in the first place. An overarching strategy for prevention and treatment of alcohol and drugs, setting out our support for individuals, for families and for communities, will follow.
Five years ago we set an ambitious target to create a tobacco-free generation by 2034. Our aim is to protect children born since 2013 from tobacco so that when they start to turn 21 (from 2034) they will truly be tobacco-free and will come of age in a Scotland that will remain tobacco-free for generations to come. The first children in our 2013 tobacco-free generation turn five this year and the responsibility for them is one we all share. As they grow through their pre-teen years we need to help them avoid taking up a habit that they will later regret. Even those who have not yet managed to quit have a role to play – in not smoking around children. Cigarettes and smoking should be out of sight and out of mind for this next generation.