Tobacco, poverty and hunger Reply

German tobacco control advocate and colleague Sonja von Eichborn, of Unfairtobacco, Berlin, writes for us about links between tobacco, poverty and hunger in a global sense. More…

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Getting cash to the poorest Scots Reply

It is pleasing to see Communities Secretary Angela Constance pledging to get cash to the poorest Scots. One of the most efficient and effective means of doing so is to reduce the high smoking rates amongst our poorest communities. More…

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…