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Scotland’s leading anti-smoking charity is backing calls for a minimum unit price (MUP) on tobacco after scientists said “now is the time” to tackle the largest preventable cause of chronic disease.

Ash Scotland is supporting a new levy similar to that introduced in Scotland on alcohol products two years ago. It would see the price of cigarettes and tobacco rise with the aim of persuading more smokers to quit.

Sheila Duffy, the charity’s chief executive, backed the move which she said would have to go “hand in hand with strategies and support to help people to quit”.