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…

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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…

The 3rd Scottish Summit on Smoking and Mental Health 1

ASH Scotland Inequalities Development Lead  Mary-Grace Burinski writes for Tobacco Unpacked about a recent summit organised by ASH Scotland and the Scottish Tobacco-free Alliance:

I set out to write this blog and was struck by the fact that a lot of what I was going to say had already been said in other blogs by numerous people, in numerous ways, on numerous occasions.  Each article had a slightly different focus, but the premise remained the same: not enough is happening to address smoking rates amongst those with lived experience of a mental health condition. More…

Smoking, the lifestyle choice that isn’t Reply

The problem with talking about smoking as a lifestyle choice is that in most cases it’s not.

Certainly there are informed adults who make a proactive choice to smoke and, so long as they cause no harm to others, that is their business. Yet we have known for some time that most people who smoke started when they were children and that most people who smoke say that they want to stop. The simple fact is that these are more representative of the smoking population in 2016. More…

You’d expect something to be done about this Reply

Let’s consider a really damaging scenario. A situation that really could not be ignored.

Imagine that a multinational drug company launched a new medication which promised rapid, short-term relief from stress, anxiety and boredom. It generally has to be administered many times through the day but those using it report that they find it to be effective. More…