Why ASH Scotland does not support a ban on smoking in the home Reply

Back in the office this morning after a few days off covering the school holidays. The first thing demanding attention is a slew of media articles along the lines of “Ban smoking at home, say Scots campaigners”. More…

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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…

2 pieces of good news on smoking and mental health Reply

Regular readers of this blog will know that mental health is now a huge part of the environment for smoking and health in Scotland.

At least one third of tobacco used in the UK is by people with mental health issues, and while they are as likely to want to quit, smoking rates remain high in this group and are not declining as fast as in the wider population. More…