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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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…

Why ASH Scotland is supporting Financial Capability Week Reply

When 40% of adults say they are not in control of their finances and a further four in ten have less than £500 in savings, it’s clear the UK is facing a financial capability crisis which requires a collective response. Smoking has a huge impact on people’s finances, including for many who say that they want to stop. That is why ASH Scotland is supporting Financial Capability Week (14-20 November 2016), and our Development Lead for Inequalities, Tracey Rogers, blogs for us about this: 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…