Taking action on smoking and health
Campaigners today (30th March) welcomed a new Scottish Government commitment to improve the physical health of people with mental health issues.
People with mental health issues die on average 10-20 years earlier than the general population, with high smoking rates the biggest factor in this. The Scottish Government’s new 10-year mental health strategy makes addressing this problem a national priority for the first time.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland, said:
“People with mental health issues are just as likely to want to stop smoking, but they tell us that they can find it harder to do so.
“We now know that smoking harms mental health as well as physical health so it is time to accept that smoking is part of the problems faced by this group. This new strategy does that and I hope mental health support services will take up the challenge to discuss smoking with their clients and help them to find alternative, less harmful coping mechanisms.”
ASH Scotland recently launched new guidance to help community-based mental health services talk about smoking with the people they support using the AID framework – Ask, Inform, Discuss.
For further information and comment please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 220 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
ASH Scotland is the national charity working to reduce the harm and inequality caused by tobacco use – www.ashscotland.org.uk
Information on the strong links between smoking and mental health can be found at www.ashscotland.org.uk/mentalhealth
Details on ASH Scotland’s IMPACT project and the new guidance for community-based mental health services can be found at www.impact.scot
The Scottish Government’s mental health strategy can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00516047.pdf
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.