Why do some adults buy tobacco for children? Reply

Kayla Wiles, Engagement Team Assistant and Furman University Intern placement at ASH Scotland, blogs for us about proxy purchasing.

Scotland’s health has come a long way since the UK Government banned tobacco advertising in 2002, the Scottish Government introduced the ban on smoking in indoor public places in 2006 and the Scottish Government raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 18 in 2007. Although proxy purchases, when an adult buys cigarettes on behalf of an under-18, have also been made illegal those who do smoke are still getting cigarettes from family members, friends, or strangers. More…

Tackling smoking in hospital grounds and children’s outdoor areas Reply

We’ve just seen the start of an initiative that aims to put an end to smoking in all of Scotland’s hospital grounds.

The ban across NHS estates began on 1 April and is another step in the nation’s drive to achieve a tobacco-free generation in 20 years’ time.

Tobacco use is the enemy of good health and few people want to see smoking around a hospital building. Stubbing it out can help patients who are trying to quit, and help protect children and non-smokers from second-hand smoke exposure.

Display ban in small shops – claims and counterclaims Reply

Starting on 6 April, the tobacco display ban that already applies in supermarkets will extend to corner shops and other smaller stores.

Cigarettes and other tobacco will be out of sight behind small grey doors. The aim is to also to put tobacco out of mind and out of fashion among young people – an important step as Scotland moves forward with its ambition to achieve a generation free from tobacco by 2034.

Here are some of the myths about the impact of the display ban commonly peddled by Big Tobacco and retailers – and the facts that counter them:

Plain packs – the facts versus the myths Reply

Plain, standardised tobacco packaging removes a major positive influence on smoking – the ability of tobacco companies to promote the glitzy brand image they want to use hook new smokers and hold on to current smokers.

Recognising that plain packs will impact on their vast profits, tobacco companies have waged a campaign to undermine the vital heath measure to prevent young people becoming smokers, and have enlisted the support of retailers by using their misinformation tactics.

Here are some of the falsehoods about plain packs disseminated by Big Tobacco and those who parrot their misinformation – and the hard evidence that stubs out the claims…


Getting ready for tobacco display ban in small shops Reply

They call it “going dark” – an appropriately sinister-sounding term for anything connected to the sale of an addictive, killer product such as tobacco.

But the industry term actually refers to something that the health promotion community sees as a bright prospect – putting glitzy displays of cigarettes out of sight.

Starting in April, the tobacco display ban that already applies in supermarkets will extend to corner shops and other smaller stores.

Time to prohibit smoking in cars with children Reply

Scotland is moving forward on the road to prohibiting smoking in cars with children on board.

A Member’s Bill to introduce the legislation has already been launched at the Scottish Parliament, something ASH Scotland has fully supported.

In addition, the Scottish Government has recently taken a more direct interest in the subject, through its consultation on electronic cigarettes and tobacco control. The consultation asked if it should be an offence for an adult to smoke in a vehicle carrying someone under the age of 18.