BMA Scotland has urged smokers to quit the habit and help to ensure a smoke-free Scotland for future generations.
The BMA believes that the UK could be tobacco free by 2035,
and by making the decision to kick the habit, smokers could be helping to
achieve this target.
Smoking kills over 13,000 people every year in Scotland, which
equates to around a quarter of all deaths, and the NHS has to allocate vast
resources to treating smoking related illness.
Dr Dean Marshall, Chairman of the BMA's Scottish General
Practitioners Committee said:
"Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory
problems. It ages skin, makes your breath smell and stains fingers yellow.
Every day doctors witness the death and despair caused by smoking. Tobacco is
highly addictive and people need support to give up. Most people who smoke tell
us they wish they had never started.
"It is essential we break the tobacco trap. Young smokers
will become tomorrow's parents who smoke and they will continue the cycle of
smoking-related ill-health and premature death. One of the best ways to prevent
children starting to smoke is for their parents to quit. By stopping today,
smokers are taking the first step to a tobacco free future for their children."