Taking action on smoking and health
Issued 05 December 2017 - for immediate use
Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner, is backing calls for children to play, learn and socialise in places where there is no smoking.
Having children spend time in smoke-free spaces is not just a matter of creating safe, healthy environments for them, it means they are less likely to take up smoking themselves when they grow up.
That is why the Commissioner has agreed to be named as a Champion for Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation – a set of six principles to help the next generation grow up without the health problems and financial costs caused by smoking.
The Charter has been produced by health campaign ASH Scotland, and has now been signed by over 170 organisations, each pledging to do what they can to help bring about a tobacco-free generation. The Commissioner will act as Champion for principle number 3:
“All children should play, learn and socialise in places that are free from tobacco”
Bruce Adamson said:
“There is a momentum in Scotland to ensure that the next generation will be the first to grow up without any pressure or expectation that they will take up smoking.
“In 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended – with reference to the right of the child to rest, leisure, play – that we need to ensure access to safe, inclusive, smoke-free places for play.
“The Charter is an important tool that the whole of civic Scotland can use to help change our smoking culture and help put smoking out of sight and out of mind, for our children’s future health. I am proud to support this initiative.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
“Bruce is a committed and effective advocate of children’s rights. I am delighted to welcome him as our first Charter Champion.
“Every day in Scotland, thirty six 11-15 year olds try smoking, and for many this leads on to an unwilling, life-long addiction.
“We want the choice to grow up and remain smoke-free in Scotland to be a natural one, and smoke-free environments are part of helping Scotland to achieve this.”
See Bruce Adamson interviewed by Sheila Duffy about his support for Principle 3 at:
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org (out of hours mobile 07776 142 299).
Or contact the Office of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People on: Ezmie.McCutcheon@cypcs.org.uk or 07545 916 031.
Notes for Editors
The Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is an initiative by health charity ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) 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 tobacco in their communities.
Further information can be found at www.ashscotland.org.uk/charter.
ASH Scotland Fast Fact Sheet Young People & Tobacco: http://www.ashscotland.org.uk/media/5862/5youngpeople.pdf
For further information on Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland visit the website at www.cypcs.org.uk. The Commissioner’s remit is to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people, with particular emphasis on the rights set out in the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. He also monitors the law, policy and practice for effectiveness in relation to the rights of children and young people and promotes best practice by service providers working with children.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is an independent Scottish charity working in partnership to protect people from the harm caused by tobacco. Registered Scottish charity number SC 010412.
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.