Taking action on smoking and health
The 2016 Scottish Health Survey reports that for those living in the least deprived quintile areas, 1% of children are exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) at home whereas the figure is 15% for those living in the most deprived quintile areas.
The Scottish government set out to reduce children's exposure to SHS from 11% in 2014 to 6% by 2020. This goal was reached in 2015, however, as the figures suggest, more work is needed in Scotland's most deprived areas.
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.
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.
The fact that the Scottish Government target was reached five years early shows a huge culture shift, strongly driven by effective information, support and encouragement that has been avaliable to families over recent years.
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.
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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.