Taking action on smoking and health
There are strong links between smoking and mental health. In the UK around a third of tobacco is used by people with mental health issues. Smoking rates amongst those with mental health issues are higher than in the wider population and are not reducing, increasing health inequalities.
Life expectancy is significantly reduced amongst people with mental health issues, and physical behaviours such as smoking are a contributing factor to this. There is now consistent evidence to show that stopping smoking is associated with improvements in depression, anxiety, stress and psychological quality of life compared with continuing to smoke. In addition, people with mental health conditions are just as likely to want to quit.
ASH Scotland has produced a comprehensive review of evidence on smoking and mental health.
In autumn 2016, we also submitted our views to the Scottish Government consultation on a new ten-year mental health strategy.
ASH Scotland’s priorities in this area are to:
ASH Scotland has produced a manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections which includes a call for physical health to be a key component of Scotland's next mental health strategy.
If you work in a mental health support setting we would like to hear from you via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 225 4725. We can provide Tobacco Awareness Raising Sessions (TARS) to start your discussion of tobacco, but would also like to hear your experiences of engaging people with mental health issues on tobacco.
We publish an updated list of the latest UK and international research on tobacco and mental health and have collated a selection of key documents and useful 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.