Taking action on smoking and health
While smoke-free public places have been a great success, many of Scotland’s children are still regularly exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) in the home.
Exposure to SHS is associated with a range of diseases including asthma, respiratory infections, meningitis and cot death.
Children are particularly susceptible to the health impacts of second-hand smoke as they have smaller airways and breathe faster and their immune systems are still developing. They may also be less able to remove themselves from smoky environments.
Creating a smoke-free home is not always easy. Parents who smoke want to protect their children and many parents who smoke already take some action. However we know that parents often do not understand enough about the way that tobacco smoke behaves and the harm it causes and so welcome information and support.
Recent years have shown a huge culture shift, strongly driven by effective information, support and encouragement that has been avaliable to families.
Our role is to encourage and enable support to families who wish to make their homes smoke-free, working with family support organisations who have built up working relationships with parents in their communities.
This free resource is for early years and family support workers, enabling you to run a session talking to parents about the harm caused by tobacco smoke in the home, and what they can do to protect their families.
ASH Scotland has designed this trainer’s pack of activities and resources for early years practitioners who work directly with parent of young children. The pack is designed for use in parent sessions or parent classes rather than in a one-to-one setting.
The sessions cover the following key topics:
Please contact email@example.com for more information or to request a downloadable version of the full pack.
The Scottish Government's 'take it right outside' mass media campaign (2014 and 2016) provides guidance on taking any smoking right outside. The website is still active and available for parents and support workers.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.