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RONA WELCOMES ACTION ON VAPING AND NEW HEALTH MEASURES

WELLBEING OF LOCAL CONSTITUENTS AT FOREFRONT OF SNP PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT


Local MSP Rona Mackay has said the Scottish Government’s proposals will go a long way to improving the health of the community in her constituency of Strathkelvin and Bearsden.


The SNP Scottish Government announced plans to establish a Mental Health and Capacity Reform Programme as part of modernising mental health and capacity legislation, enhancing the protection of people’s rights.


The First Minister also committed to taking action to reduce vaping, tackling its environmental impact and consulting on the banning of disposable vapes.


SNP MSP Rona Mackay, who is speaking in a debate at the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Thursday, September 14) on the environmental impact of single-use vapes, said: “The First Minister’s Programme for Government demonstrates the SNP’s commitment to improving the lives and wellbeing of people across Strathkelvin and Bearsden.


“The SNP Scottish Government recognises too many Scots are dealing with mental health challenges, which are only compounded by cost-of-living pressures, and is determined to take meaningful action to ensure people get the support they need.


“The SNP is also aware of concerns regarding the impact of vaping, both on the increasing number of young people using vapes and on the environment. I am very pleased to see steps being taken to address the impact of these devices."


Earlier this year, Ms Mackay joined health charities ASH Scotland and Asthma + Lung UK in calling for swift action on reducing the visibility of e-cigarettes in supermarkets and shops, after an alarming rise in the number of children, some as young as seven years-old, taking up the habit.


Ms Mackay added: “As Westminster continues in its intransigence, refusing to take meaningful action to support people during these difficult times, the SNP Scottish Government is determined to do all it can to support people with health issues and protect our environment.”

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