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…

Smoking must be in the mix on poverty question Reply

In this blog, Policy & Research Officer Mike Andrews reflects on the media coverage of recent poverty reports, and conversations around the office about them.

2017 has kicked off with a couple of very high profile reports and academic pieces which have demonstrated, pretty bluntly, the awful effects that poverty is having at both the start and end of people’s lives. It has to be said, though, that sometimes you have to dig under the headlines to really see what writers are saying. More…

Scotland’s Tobacco-free Generation – the real freedom agenda 4

The Scottish Government has declared a vision for Scotland to be “tobacco-free”. Some people worry such a shift cannot be delivered by free actions, and will require some form of coercion to drive it along. That’s not how I want to do it – and looking at the numbers we can clearly see that’s not how it has to be. More…

ASH Scotland’s winning plan for a win, win, win, win, win situation Reply

The Child Poverty Strategy sets out what the Scottish Government plans to do to reduce the levels of child poverty in Scotland, and so ensure that as few children as possible experience any type of socio-economic disadvantage. There are two very distinctive aims within the strategy:

  • to reduce the levels of child poverty by reducing income poverty and material deprivation
  • to improve children’s wellbeing and life chance – with the ultimate aim being to break inter-generational cycles of poverty, inequality and deprivation.

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