SHAAP has joined nine leading Scottish health charities to produce a report Non-Communicable Disease Prevention: Priorities for 2021/22 calling for urgent action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) caused by health harming products such as alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods. 

As an integral part of the nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, SHAAP and partners are urging the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government to take meaningful action to reduce the impact of health harming products in Scotland.

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NCDs, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and lung disease are the leading cause of death and disability in Scotland. As the 2021/22 parliamentary begins, we call for urgent action to prioritise public health and prevent further deaths from NCDs in the future. The NCD prevention report sets our priority areas for action in the first year of this Parliament.

Regarding alcohol, for 2021/22 we call on the Scottish Government to: uprate the minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol to at least 65p per unit; consult on restricting the advertising and promotion of alcohol; and to improve alcohol treatment so it meets people’s needs, ensuring it becomes a core service in COVID-19 recovery. 

You can also read a two-page summary of the report.

Here is a video of representatives from the ten leading Scottish health organisations who co-published the report, who share why preventing NCDs is so important in Scotland, and what can be done:

You can also watch a recording of the event.