Taking action on smoking and health
Second-hand tobacco smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke breathed out by smokers. It is more than just a nuisance it is a known health hazard.
Children are particularly susceptible to the health impacts of second-hand smoke as they have smaller airways and breathe faster and their immune systems are still developing. They may also be less able to remove themselves from smoky environments. For information about how to protect your family from tobacco smoke at home and in the car download the free ASH Scotland guide:
The latest Scottish Health Survey indicated that in 2015 around 6% of children in Scotland were exposed to tobacco smoke in their home. This has met a Scottish Government five years early and represents a huge shift and strong cultural backing for the effectiveness of information, support and encouragement that has been avaliable to families over recent years. However this survey also showed that children's exposure to second-hand smoke contributes to health inequality. Children living in the most deprived areas of Scotland are 12 times more likely to be exposed to SHS in their homes than children living in the least deprived communities.
Creating a smoke-free home is not always easy. Parents who smoke want to protect their kids, but often lack the knowledge about how smoke works or what they need to do to. Knowing that tobacco lingers in the air and moves from room to room we encourage all families to protect their children by making their home completely smoke-free.
A recent Scottish Government campaign reflects this message and provides guidance on taking any smoking right outside.
As well as advocating for strong national action on protecting children from second-hand smoke our role is to encourage and enable support to families who wish to make their homes smoke-free, working with family support organisations who have built up working relationships with parents in their communities.
Through 2016 - 2017 we are committed to:
The archive of the REFRESH project contains a great deal of information on supporting parents to make their homes smoke-free. The How To Guide is an excellent practical guide for any support staff working with parents. A pocket version for professionals is also available, with hard copies on request.
“Children have a particular need for a smoke-free environment” is one of the six principles in Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation, which your organisation can sign up to.
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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.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.