Taking action on smoking and health
Tobacco use is highly determined by social and economic pressures.
Smoking rates in the most deprived communities are four times higher than in the richest. Almost half of adults who are permanently sick or disabled, or who are unemployed and seeking work, smoke tobacco. Smoking rates are particularly high amongst people with mental health issues, the prison population and children in care.
This is not a matter of lifestyle choice. In every one of these groups most of those who smoke say that they want to stop.
Supporting people in their desire to stop smoking will play an enormous part in reducing the harm caused by health inequality and improving well-being, particularly for vulnerable groups.
ASH Scotland produced a 2016 manifesto which focuses on the role tobacco has to play in addressing health inequalities.
ASH Scotland’s priorities in this area are to:
For more information:
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.