How can young adults #befree and achieve more? 1

ASH Scotland is preparing to launch a new campaign highlighting how not smoking leaves young adults happier, better off and achieving more. Our Development Lead Emma Papakyriakou explains why….. More…

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Brexit and the battle for public health Reply

The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has produced its report into “The Impact of Leaving the European Union on Health and Social Care in Scotland”.

ASH Scotland made a written submission to their consultation, and then presented to one of the oral evidence sessions, so we were interested to see what the report would say. 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…

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…