Keeping tobacco out of the hands of young people Reply

It is hardly news to say that the main focus of efforts to stop young people taking up smoking has to be inequalities.

We know that smoking uptake is much higher in more disadvantaged groups. Figures from the Scottish Health Survey also show that smoking starts at an earlier and is more likely to continue into adulthood. More…

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Surviving or Thriving? Mental health awareness week Reply

For this blog post, ASH Scotland’s Chief Executive, Sheila Duffy, writes for us about smoking and mental health. This year’s Mental Health Awareness week runs from 8th to 14th May, with a theme of “Thriving or Surviving?” The organisers should be congratulated for seeking to look beyond poor mental health and to stimulate a discussion on what can make us well and help keep us well. I was especially drawn to the focus on “what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life?” More…