Taking action on smoking and health
New Year is a time when many people decide to quit smoking to make a positive difference to their health, their family’s health, and their personal finances.
ASH Scotland has made available a series of written quotes, short audio clips and short video clips on that theme for use in media outlets over the New Year period, which will see the start of the Year of Young People.
The pre-recorded clips from ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy cover the topics of making a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking, taking smoking right outside to create a smokefree home, looking back at a successful 2017, while looking forward to the Year of Young People in 2018, which will see a new tobacco control strategy which takes Scotland closer to creating a tobacco-free generation.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:
2018 – Year of Young People
“2018 is the year of young people in Scotland and ASH Scotland is keen to put smoking out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion for the next generation. We want to spread the message that buying tobacco for young people isn’t doing them any favours because it is leading them into addiction, money worries and health worries.
“Support the #notafavour campaign by visiting notafavour.scot and think about how you can help create a tobacco-free generation in Scotland.”
On New Year’s resolutions:
“This is a time of year when people are thinking about making fresh starts for the New Year and I’d like to encourage smokers to consider stopping smoking for their 2018 resolution.
“Help is out there. You can look up Quit Your Way Scotland, call the Freephone number on 0800 84 84 84, or drop into your local pharmacy and they’ll be happy to give you advice. There is no one way to quit smoking that will work for every smoker – it’s important to think about what works for you.
“Don’t be discouraged if you’ve tried to quit before. It can often take a number of attempts to quit but it is the best thing you can do for your health, finances, and those around you.”
Stress/Take it right outside:
“Over two thirds of the adult smokers in Scotland say that they wish they had never started smoking. 2018 could be your year to succeed in quitting.
“You can get support from those around you, your local pharmacy or Quit Your Way Scotland. Think about the benefits of stopping smoking – you can save a lot of money, improve your health, and improve the health of those around you.
“If you’re not ready to quit smoking at this point there are still positive things that you can do. You can decide to make your house smokefree by taking it right outside or you can decide not to buy tobacco for, or give tobacco to, young people.”
“Looking back over 2017, there have been some encouraging developments in terms of reducing tobacco use in Scotland. Most forms of cigarettes and hand rolled tobacco now come in plain packs – drab, unappealing and with unattractive health warnings which aim to make the packaging more truthful and put children and young people off a product which we know is lethal.
“We have seen an encouraging reduction in the number of children being exposed to second-hand smoke at home. I am pleased that people are choosing to Take It Right Outside and make their homes smoke-free.
“Next year I’d like to see a bold new tobacco strategy for Scotland which puts tobacco out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion for the next generation.”
Videos can be viewed here:
Audio recordings can be downloaded from Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zto07ky7a1ki7ip/AAD8MzKd5Dva3jmLAzhF1npca?dl=0
For further information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299
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.