Taking action on smoking and health
Our Information Service was set up in the early 90s to provide reliable, evidence-based information on tobacco.
By 1995, ASH Scotland had grown from two people working part-time to an organisation with 17 staff that provided a range of specialist services. Alison Hillhouse stepped down as Chief Executive after 20 years at ASH Scotland and was succeeded by Maureen Moore, who secured significant funding for developing and providing smoking cessation training services, and working with tobacco and inequalities.
Into the 2000s, and the STCA (Scottish Tobacco Control Alliance) was set up in 2001 while PATH (Partnership Action on Tobacco and Health) began in 2002 as a joint venture between the Scottish Government, Health Scotland and ASH Scotland to reduce tobacco use in Scotland, focusing on training, young people and inequalities. SCOT (Scottish Coalition on Tobacco) was set up in 2003 to co-ordinate joint campaign action with a range of partners.
The Scottish Executive's public consultation on smoking in public places was also conducted. Courageous leadership from Scottish politicians and successful campaigning from ASH Scotland and partners saw the Smoke-free Act passed in 2005 and implemented in 2006.
Other breakthroughs in this decade included:
Sheila Duffy is the current Chief Executive
Sheila Duffy became Chief Executive in 2008, the same year that ASH Scotland contributed to Scotland's Future is Smoke-free: a smoking prevention action plan. It set out 27 ambitious measures to prevent the uptake of smoking by young people and illustrated the role a wide range of individuals and organisations could play by delivering health promotion and education, and by reducing the attractiveness, availability and affordability of tobacco products.
The passage of the tobacco display ban legislation, delayed by tobacco industry legal challenges, began in 2010 and came into force for large shops in 2013.
The Scottish Government's new tobacco control strategy, published in 2013, outlined a range of measures to be carried out over the next five years, including the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in Scotland.
Scotland has a set a target of 2034 for the nation to be tobacco-free
ASH Scotland's goal is that the next generation will be free from tobacco, meaning that ideally the only people smoking will be the small number of adults who actively chose to do so.
We have welcomed the Scottish Government's target of making Scotland tobacco-free by 2034
ASH Scotland's achievements over the years would not have been possible without the vital support of our partners – the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.