Taking action on smoking and health
New Year is a time when many people decide to quit smoking to make a positive difference to their health, their family’s health, and their personal finances.
ASH Scotland has made available a series of written quotes and short audio clips on that theme for use in media outlets over the New Year period.
The pre-recorded clips from ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy cover the topics of making a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking, taking smoking right outside and looking back at a successful 2016, while looking forward to 2017.
In addition Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
On New Year’s resolutions:
“This is a time of year when many people decide on a fresh start, and stopping smoking is a great way to start 2017. As well as being good for your own health, it can help protect those around you, and the money saved builds up suprisingly quickly. Over the course of a year the average smoker would save around £1,600 by quitting tobacco.
“There is plenty of help and encouragement out there if you are thinking about quitting smoking, including free expert advice and support available from the national freephone Smokeline, and from your local pharmacy or health centre. They can boost your chances of success.
“It can take a number of attempts to quit successfully, so don’t be discouraged if you’ve tried before. This could be your year.”
Stress/Take it right outside:
“This can be a stressful time for many people, and a cigarette often feels like stress relief. In reality, it is relieving the stress of withdrawal from tobacco, and ex and never smokers experience better wellbeing than current smokers.
“If you’re a smoker who is not ready to quit or feels they can’t at this time, there is still something positive you can do. Taking smoking right outside is the best way to protect the health of your family, pets and those you care about.”
“2016 was a good year for health and reducing the harms from tobacco. We celebrated 10 years of smoke-free public places in Scotland, which has made real improvements to health. We started the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco and ended the year with the implementation of smoke-free vehicles with children present. In 2017, we’d like to see people being continued to be supported to stop smoking, particularly those living in challenging circumstances or with mental ill health. ASH Scotland’s vision is that today’s children grow up in a society where smoking is out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion.”
Audio recordings can be downloaded from the ASH Scotland website. Summaries are:
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
Notes for Editors
ASH Scotland is the independent Scottish charity taking action to reduce the harm and inequality caused by tobacco. Our activities include an expert information service, campaigning for political action on tobacco and health, supporting community groups to help their service users affected by tobacco use, building public support and awareness for making Scotland free from tobacco and supporting charities, enforcement agencies, the NHS and others to contribute to achieving that goal.
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.