Taking action on smoking and health
Many of Scotland’s children are still regularly exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) in the home and exposure to SHS is associated with a range of diseases including asthma, respiratory infections, meningitis and cot death.
Children are particularly susceptible to the health impacts of second-hand smoke as they have smaller airways, breathe faster and their immune systems are still developing. They may also be less able to remove themselves from a smoky environment.
Creating a smoke-free home is not always easy. Parents who smoke want to protect their children and many parents who smoke already take some action. However we know that parents often do not understand enough about the way that tobacco smoke behaves and the harm it causes and so welcome information and support.
Our role is to work with family support organisations who have built up working relationships with parents in their communities to enable support to families who wish to make their homes smoke-free.
We have created a tailor-made SHS activities and resources pack. This free resource is for early years and family support workers, enabling you to run a session talking to parents about the harm caused by tobacco smoke in the home, and what they can do to protect their families.*
*Please note: to download the activities and resource pack, you will first need to complete the free SHS eLearning module on the site. Thereafter, you can email Beverley at firstname.lastname@example.org for the access key to download the full pack.
For information about how to protect your family from tobacco smoke at home and in the car download the free ASH Scotland guide: Protect your family from tobacco smoke in your home and car.
The Scottish Government's 'take it right outside' mass media campaign (2014 and 2016) provides guidance on taking any smoking right outside.
In addition, we have a pocket guide for discussing second-hand smoke with families, designed for family support workers.
For more information contact: email@example.com
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.