Scotland’s pre-schoolers to celebrate their 21st birthdays free from tobacco Reply

ASH Scotland Development Officer Connie Bennett blogs about strategies for making Scotland tobacco-free for the next generation.

Scotland’s nursery schools and early years establishments will be well versed in the principles of GIRFEC, helping to keep children safe, healthy, respected and nurtured. They might be less well acquainted with Creating a Tobacco-free Generation – the Scottish Government’s Tobacco Control Strategy. More…

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…

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…