Table 1

Chronology of the development of The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine, etc and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016

10 October 2014Scottish Government (SG) launched ‘A Consultation on Electronic Cigarettes and Strengthening Tobacco Control in Scotland’.15
October 2014–April 2015 Consultation opened for submissions.
October 2014–April 2015 Meetings between Scottish Government and several political actors to consult on Scottish Government’s plans to adopt regulation of e-cigarettes.
May 2015Scottish Government released its report on the consultation on e-cigarettes and tobacco control in Scotland and its response to the consultation.42
4 June 2015The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine, etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament.
Summer 2015 The Scottish Parliament’s (SP) Health and Sports Committee (designated lead parliamentary committee) consulted with a range of experts on the bill, including representatives from the commercial sector, third sector/civil society, e-cigarette user groups, local authorities and health professionals. 43 44
The Health and Sports Committee also engaged in a wider public consultation on restricting the sale of e-cigarettes through the use of an online survey, Facebook, youth events and video blogs. 43 44
9 November 2015The Health and Sports Committee published the Stage 1 Report on Health (Tobacco, Nicotine, etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill, demonstrating clear support for the Bill.45
3 March 2016The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 was passed in the Scottish Parliament.14
  • The formal opportunities for commercial actors to engage in the policy process appear in bold.