Colin Smyth

Labour MSP for South Scotland


Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (Environmental Impact) 14 Sep 2023

    I thank Gillian Mackay for introducing her motion. The great vape debate is often, “Are e-cigarettes saving smokers or creating new addicts?” The reality is that it is probably a bit of both. We have seen a welcome decrease in smoking rates in Scotland from 28 per cent of adults in 2003 to 11 per cent in 2021, thanks to policy interventions such as the ban on smoking in public places....
  • Scottish Parliament: Single-use Vapes (Environmental Impact) 14 Sep 2023

    I absolutely accept that and, as we have heard from a number of members, it is also important to note that we face a growing avalanche of children and young people who never smoke—and never had any intention of smoking—but are now choosing to vape. As ASH Scotland highlighted in March, using the Government’s figures, regular e-cigarette use by 15-year-olds has tripled in the past five...
  • Scottish Parliament: Children in Temporary Accommodation (Dumfries and Galloway) 14 Sep 2023

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent statistics showing that the number of children in Dumfries and Galloway living in temporary accommodation rose by 67 per cent between 2022 and 2023. (S6O-02504)

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Labour MSP for South Scotland

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election

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