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NCDs, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in Scotland. In 2020, NCDs were responsible for more than 40,000 deaths. (Source: BHF)
Reducing levels of obesity, alcohol consumption and tobacco use are key if we are to see any significant drop in non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths in Scotland. This has been acknowledged by government, the public health community and, indeed, wider society for many years now. However, with obesity and the use of alcohol and tobacco thought to increase the risk of severe COVID-19, the case for further preventative population level action has been strengthened.
As the new parliamentary term begins – and following publication of a new NCD prevention report by leading health charities – this event provided delegates with a timely opportunity to discuss what further steps need to be taken in relation to the availability, marketing and pricing and promotion of unhealthy products.
Sponsored by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland, it brought together key stakeholders from across public health, academia and the third sector, in a bid to drive forward positive, meaningful change.
We concluded the day with a cross-party panel, with representatives already confirmed from the SNP, Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour, Scottish Greens and the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
This event is CPD certified in principle.