Around one quarter of all deaths in Scotland each year are associated with tobacco use. Almost one quarter of the population smoke and tobacco-related illnesses are estimated to cost Scotland's health service more than £300million each year.
The link between alcohol and cancer is well established. A new report by the Alcohol Health Alliance, of which we are a member, highlights the health risks associated with both moderate and excessive alcohol consumption in relation to cancer.
The President of our College, Dr Frank Dunn has been honoured with a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to cardiology and the community.
The Surgical Forum of Great Britain and Ireland has today published a report entitled 'Challenges for the Future of Surgical Training' which calls for changes to surgical training with a particular emphasis on a commitment to tackle the increasing demands of emergency surgical care.