Taking action on smoking and health
ASH Scotland is committed to supporting Scotland’s colleges and universities to make practical changes on campus that will create and support a tobacco-free culture.
A tobacco-free culture supports the wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors. It reduces the visibility of smoking on campus, creates more smoke-free spaces for everyone to use and provides a supportive environment for those wishing to quit.
Practical steps towards creating a tobacco-free culture could include promoting all outdoor events as smoke-free, integrating smoking prevention messages into existing campus campaigns or creating a working group to develop and deliver an action plan for become a smoke-free campus.
ASH Scotland can help to:
For more information on how we can support your institution to become a tobacco-free campus contact ASH Scotland's Engagement team on 0131 225 4725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish colleges and universities are encouraged to sign up to the NUS Scotland/Scottish Student Sport Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award (funded by the Scottish Government).
The award requires colleges and universities to work together with their associated student associations and sports unions on health improvement projects. The award focuses on the links between physical activity, smoking and mental health. It encourages sport and recreational programmes as a means to support health and mental wellbeing. It encourages sign-posting to student services and appropriate external organisations for mental health and stop-smoking support, while developing creative approaches designed to discourage students from taking up smoking. For more information on taking part in the 2018/19 award contact Katie Gowing from NUS Scotland at Katie.Gowing@nus-scotland.org.uk.
If you would like any advice or support on meeting the criteria around smoking prevention and how to integrate this issue with activities around mental wellbeing and physical health, please contact the ASH Scotland Engagement team on 0131 225 4725 or e-mail email@example.com
For more information on the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award visit the Think Positive website.
Recognise and accredit the progress your institution is making through the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award criteria and become a Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation signatory.
Out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion: creating a tobacco-free culture on campus
ASH Scotland has produced a five step guide for institutions that aspire to create a tobacco-free campus culture. The guide sets out five key steps to encourage institutions to review their existing position on tobacco and set out an approach to make realistic and practical changes.
E-cigarette policy guidance
ASH Scotland has produced a short guidance document designed to help colleges and further education institutions to develop an effective approach to address e-cigarette use.
The new e-cigarette policy guidance includes up to date information on e-cigarettes and offers several recommendations on how colleges and further education establishments could look to address e-cigarette issues as part of their tobacco policy.
Case Study: Dundee and Angus College’s approach to creating their Clean Air Campus policy, October 2016
In August 2015 Dundee and Angus College launched their Clean Air Campus policy. Read about how the College achieved this and the key elements that facilitated change. Dundee and Angus College also set out a clear timescale and project plan to develop their Clean Air Campus policy.
Tobacco-Free Generation online resource
Tobacco-free Generation is a web resource page that was originally designed to provide youth groups and youth workers with the information, resources and support that they need to develop and deliver well-informed and effective tobacco prevention activities with the young people that they support.
The pages have been developed by ASH Scotland and Youth Scotland with support from Youthlink Scotland, Fast Forward, Young Scot and Scottish Government as part of the Youth Sector Tobacco Prevention Group (YSTPG).
Much of the information, resources, activities and support available on Tobacco-free Generation are useful and relevant in college and university settings.
Scottish Cancer Prevention Article: Tobacco-free campuses
ASH Scotland submitted an article on tobacco-free campuses to the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network Newsletter Vol. 6 Issue 4.
ASH Scotland Information Team
We provide reliable, evidence-based information on tobacco and the harm it causes to Scotland's health, society and economy. If you are looking for information on smoking or tobacco our Information Team are there to help. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 2209470.
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.