Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and lung disease. These diseases are responsible for almost 34,000 deaths every year in Scotland - more than half of all deaths. There are currently, more than 590,000 years of healthy life lost to NCDs every year.
Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, a selection of public health charities have joined forces to call for action on the ways tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food and drinks are promoted and marketed, as well as greater availability of support and treatment services to reduce their impact and prevent thousands of deaths a year.
The NCD prevention paper includes policy calls which aim to reduce the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food and drink.