Taking action on smoking and health
The tobacco industry has repeatedly been caught interfering with health policies and continues to oppose measures aimed at reducing youth smoking and supporting smokers who want to quit.
The behaviour of tobacco companies has been such that 180 governments, including the UK Government, have agreed that there is a “fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy” (see WHO mandate) under Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global treaty agreed at the World Health Organisation. Article 5.3 sets out that public health policy should be protected from tobacco industry influence.
As a matter of principle ASH Scotland is formally opposed to collaboration with the tobacco industry and its vested interests.
Guidelines on the protection of public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests
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.