§ 22. Mr. Nigel Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effects of smoking on the health of Scots.
§ Mr. Stewart
It is estimated that each year some 10,600 Scots die as a result of smoking and around 33,500 people are admitted to national health service hospitals in Scotland because they have an illness attributable to smoking. It is the major cause of lung cancer. It is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and other illnesses.