Taking action on smoking and health
NHS Lanarkshire has received a national award for their efforts in tackling the harm caused by tobacco.
The Tobacco-free Generation Awards are part of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation; an initiative by health charity ASH Scotland to help deliver a tobacco-free generation by 2034 (by this we mean less than 5% of the population still smokes).
The Charter inspires organisations to take action to reduce the harm caused by smoking in their communities. One hundred and fifty organisations have pledged their support for the Charter. These awards recognise the contributions these organisations are making in working towards a tobacco-free generation.
The health board have received this award presented by Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive, ASH Scotland for their commitment to taking bold action to help Scotland achieve its tobacco-free goal by 2034.
NHS Lanarkshire has created a strong tobacco strategy that involves the whole health board in activity supporting the six Charter principles. They have been promoting the tobacco-free message throughout Lanarkshire and have been successful in encouraging local community organisations, schools and workplaces to pledge their own actions to help reach the 2034 tobacco-free target.
Local supporters of the Charter include both Motherwell FC and Hamilton Academicals FC Community Trust, Wishaw and District Housing Association, HMRC Cumbernauld & East Kilbride, Muirhouse Primary School, New Calderglen Care Home and previous award winners LANDED Peer Education Service.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
“ASH Scotland launched Scotland's Charter for a tobacco-free generation to help raise awareness of and deliver the worthwhile vision for putting smoking out of fashion for the next generation. The response to the charter has been excellent. We now have one hundred and fifty organisations signed up and it is proving an effective way to bring people together and motivate organisations in the fight against the harmful effects tobacco has on children, young people and communities.”
“These awards celebrate some of the positive actions that Charter supporters are delivering to help to ensure that children who are in nursery now become the first generation to grow up without the health impact and financial costs of smoking.”
Gabe Docherty, NHS Lanarkshire interim director of public health, said:
““I’m delighted that NHS Lanarkshire has received this award and been recognised for our efforts to tackle the harm caused by tobacco and raise awareness of the impact of second-hand smoke on children and young people.
“As a health promoting organisation, we have a duty of care to protect the health of people in Lanarkshire and promote positive health behaviours.
“This is why so much of our work focuses on the key Charter principles of encourage others to support every child being free from the harmful effects of tobacco, ensuring children can play, learn and socialise in places that are free from tobacco, children having access to effective education and young people being offered support to help them become tobacco free.
“We’re also delighted that so many local organisations support us in the pursuit of a tobacco-free generation”
Motherwell Football Club Community Trust is the most recent local organisation to pledge their support to the initiative. General Manager Dawn Middleton, said
“This year in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire we engaged over 5000 children inour smoking and second-hand smoke education programmes. They encouraged us to sign up to the Charter and we’re delighted to be part of this important message for young and old.”
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
Notes for Editors
For smokers who want to stop smoking, help is available in the via the NHS Lanarkshire Stop Smoking Service http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Services/StopSmoking/Pages/default.aspx
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.
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