Taking action on smoking and health
ASH Scotland campaigns improve health through achieving political and cultural change.
Our campaigns are rooted in the best available research evidence and we work together with other health charities, academics, and health professionals - including through the SCOT partnership.
There are around 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia, and that number is predicted to double over the next 25 years. Understandably people are worried about this. Yet dementia is an illness, not an inevitable part of ageing. Stopping smoking is a key part of avoiding dementia.
We are working with a range of partner organisations to explore how we can raise awareness that living well and healthily can significantly reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Just as tobacco companies use adverts and brands whenever they can to spread their addictive product, so can advocates of public health use the same techniques to encourage smokers to quit. We're campaigning for a comprehensive and effective mass media campaign for Scotland.
In advance of standardised "plain" packaging coming into force, ASH Scotland has released a new report, Dodgy Cigs, detailing the way the tobacco industry has raised ill-founded concerns about illicit tobacco to oppose public health measures. A short "key points" version is also available.
Removing the branding, logos and designs makes tobacco products less appealing, particularly to young people. Legislation to do this has now been passed at Westminster and we are monitoring preparations for the introduction of standardised packaging in May 2016.
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.