Taking action on smoking and health
A health charity campaigning to reduce the harm caused by smoking has adopted a strong stance against excluding smokers from being recruited into Scotland’s care system.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland promotes the health and social benefits of raising children in smoke-free environments, and was a prominent supporter of the recent Scottish Government campaign promoting smoke-free homes.
Yet in a new position paper, aiming to stimulate discussion of the subject, the charity accepts that whether or not a prospective carer smokes “must be part of a wider consideration of recruiting and maintaining the best and most appropriate carers for any child or young person.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
“As a society we have responsibility for children in the care system and so we should be concerned that so many of them are affected by smoking.
“Yet someone who smokes is as likely to be a good and suitable carer as anyone else, and should not be excluded simply because they smoke. The priority should instead be to support them to protect children in their care by making their home smoke-free.”
The charity has produced the latest in its series of Viewpoint articles on the subject of “Helping children and young people who are Looked After to grow up free from tobacco”.
For further information contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725, 07776142 299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland is the national charity working to reduce the harm and inequality caused by tobacco use. See www.ashscotland.org.uk
The new Viewpoint piece is available on the ASH Scotland website at /what-we-do/supply-information-about-tobacco-and-health/viewpoints/
The Scottish Government’s smoke-free homes campaign can be accessed at www.rightoutside.org
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.