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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19648: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect children from second-hand smoke at home.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 8 November 2018

There has been a significant decrease in the number of children who are exposed to second-hand smoke in their own home. It is very reassuring to see that parents and carers are still protecting children from the harms of smoking in the home.

One of our priorities will be to keep up momentum on protecting them from associated harms.

The Scottish Government recognises the continued importance of awareness-raising campaigns in support of our current strategy. It is clear that our smoke-free homes campaign (Take it right outside) has raised awareness of second-hand smoke in enclosed spaces and has contributed to the keeping second hand smoke exposure levels low.

Current data indicates that the target to reduce the percentage of children exposed to smoke at home to 6% by 2020 was met in 2015 and 2017. Figures will continue to be examined in future years to assess adherence to the target.