MORAY has found itself in a “bad situation” with regards to its smoking figures, according to a local GP.
Duncan Green, a practitioner at the Moray Coast Medical Practice in Lossiemouth, said that higher smoking figures are putting increasing pressure on services and people’s health.
As revealed recently in ‘The Northern Scot’, smoking rates in Moray are significantly higher than both the Grampian and Scottish averages.
A total of 28% of all adults smoke in the area, compared to an average 23.3% in Scotland and 22.5% in Grampian.
The percentage of ‘young adults’ aged 16 to 39 is even higher, with 36% of all people in that age range smoking in the area, compared to 27% in Scotland as a whole.
Dr Green said he has a strong interest in respiratory work, including how it relates to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which incorporates both bronchitis and emphysema.
He said the health benefits of stopping smoking are clear.
“Moray seems to be taking over other areas. Some seem to think it’s for socio-economic reasons or employment reasons,” he said. “It’s a bad situation we find ourselves in, because apparently the whole population is smoking more.”
A new Scottish Government smoking action plan aims to make Scotland essentially tobacco-free by 2036, reducing the smoking rate to 4%.
NHS Grampian operates a Smoking Advice Service for people who want to stop smoking, and support is also available on the high street from pharmacies. More information is available by phoning the Smoking Advice Service Hotline on 0500 600 332 or online at www.nhsgrampian.org
Read the full interview with Dr Green in 'The Northern Scot' print version.sas