Taking action on smoking and health
Free financial support can be accessed within communities for advice on issues such as welfare benefits, debt, redundancy and unemployment and housing for anyone experiencing poverty or financial hardship. Many individuals accessing money and debt advice services will be low income earners or from vulnerable groups experiencing poor mental health, unemployment, low income or those experiencing health and economic inequalities. A high proportion of these may also be a smoker.
The expertise within these settings therefore provides an opportunity for:
By utilising local services, such partnerships can support an individual's desire to quit smoking to not only improve their health but to reduce debts, or increase their financial resilience. Recent estimates of poverty in the UK adjusted for expenditure on tobacco show that 32,000 households could be lifted out of poverty by removing tobacco expenditure.
For the last two years NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and ASH Scotland have worked together on a pilot to evaluate the potential role that money advice services can play in raising the issue of smoking.
The pilot centred on providing tailored training on tobacco and smoking issues to money advice staff across five Health and Social Care Partnership areas in East Renfrewshire, South Glasgow, Glasgow East, North West Glasgow and Renfrewshire. Following the training evaluation we returned to interview staff, managers and clients to identify their perceptions of the change, the impact achieved and any barriers they encountered.
Chaired by Sheila Duffy ASH Scotland's Chief Executive, the Evaluation report The role of stopping smoking in money advice - putting health and economic benefits together report including the key findings and recommendations was launched 9th March 2016 in Glasgow.
Download the full report The role of stopping smoking in money advice - putting health and economic benefits together report and Executive Summary
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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.
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