Taking action on smoking and health
A newly developed resource pack which provides teachers across Scotland with everything they need to deliver effective messaging on smoking and tobacco has been launched by health campaigners ASH Scotland.
The pack arrives during the Year of Young People 2018, which is celebrating Scotland’s young people and empowers them with a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives. As Scotland moves towards its target of a tobacco-free generation by 2034, the pack will enable teachers to support pupils in achieving their goals while remaining smoke-free.
The resource pack has already been successfully piloted by secondary schools across the Lothian area. The schools have embraced the ethos of the Curriculum for Excellence by updating the way they deliver tobacco education by introducing prevention messages in modern languages, science subjects, PE, maths and social sciences.
These schools have made a subtle shift in how they addressing smoking — as a wellbeing concern rather than a discipline or punishment issue.
Schools in 21 local authorities across Scotland have already ordered copies of the pack, and every single secondary school in Scotland is eligible for one free copy.
ASH Scotland Chief Executive, Sheila Duffy, said:
“There are many different factors that lead young people to smoke. The extent to which smoking is prominent and accepted in the environment around them plays a crucial part.
“Consistency between what is experienced in the school environment and supportive smoke-free messages in the classroom is key.
“I’m proud to launch this new resource pack, linked to the Curriculum for Excellence and including a range of practical tools to deliver high quality education on smoking, health and wellbeing."
Welcoming the introduction of the resource pack, Jackie Brock, Chief Executive of Children in Scotland, said:
“Addressing tobacco issues in a supportive way helps to boost attainment and avoid the health damage associated with smoking. The ASH Scotland tobacco-free resource pack provides secondary schools with all the materials they need to deliver relevant messages on smoking.
“Ensuring that young people in Scotland have access to effective education that equips them to make positive choices on their health and wellbeing will help to achieve a tobacco-free generation.”
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
ASH Scotland’s new schools resource pack, and more information around it, can be found at: /schools
Jackie Brock is a Champion for Scotland’s Charter for Tobacco-free Generation. The Charter has six key principles that encourage discussion and enable organisations to examine how their own policy and practice can best contribute to the tobacco-free goal.
Jackie Brock champions principle four: every child has the right to effective education that equips them to make informed positive choices on tobacco and health.
Further information on Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation can be found at www.ashscotland.org.uk/charter
ASH Scotland FastFacts publication on Young People & Tobacco: http://www.ashscotland.org.uk/media/5862/5youngpeople.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.