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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S4M-13678

CRESH Alcohol and Tobacco Density Map of Scotland

Submitted by: Jim Eadie, Edinburgh Southern, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Christian Allard, Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Bruce Crawford, Nigel Don, James Dornan, Patricia Ferguson, John Finnie, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Cara Hilton, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Lewis Macdonald, John Mason, Stewart Maxwell, Joan McAlpine, Siobhan McMahon, Anne McTaggart, Gil Paterson, Graeme Pearson, Dennis Robertson, Kevin Stewart, David Torrance, Sandra White

That the Parliament commends the collaborative work between Dr Niamh Shortt from the University of Edinburgh, her co-authors, Professor Jamie Pearce from the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences and Professor Richard Mitchell of the University of Glasgow, Alcohol Focus Scotland and Action on Smoking and Health Scotland, in mapping the density across Scotland of outlets for alcohol and tobacco against the data on death rates linked to lung cancer, lung disease and alcohol use, and demonstrating how these are linked; applauds the fact that the map is free to access on the website of the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH), an organisation that aims to contribute to a healthier population and environment; understands that the map will be a valuable tool for local authorities when granting licences and deciding whether there is an overprovision of alcohol and tobacco outlets; considers that the map also provides the opportunity to empower communities by offering them better evidence of the local picture, as this information has not previously been readily available to local residents, and hopes that this work will help contribute to reducing the rate of alcohol abuse and smoking, which are preventable causes of ill-health and premature death.