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.
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 email@example.com
Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award
Scottish colleges and universities are encouraged to sign up to the 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 sign-posting to student services and appropriate external organisations for mental health and stop-smoking support.
If you would like any advice or support on meeting the HBHM award criteria around smoking prevention, download the HBHM Smoke-free Criteria Practical Guidance or contact the ASH Scotland Engagement team on 0131 225 4725 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award visit the the Scottish Student Sport website.
Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation
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.
Access free resources promoting the message that young adults will achieve more and be fitter, happier and better off if they are smoke-free at www.befree.scot. The website has recently been relaunched with the additional sections for colleges and universities, employability training services and the youth work sector.
Out of sight, out fo 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.
Scottish Cancer Prevention Network: Tobacco-free campuses article
ASH Scotland submitted an article on tobacco-free campuses to the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network Newsletter Vol. 6 Issue 4.
Dundee and Angus College
The Clean Air Campus approach taken by Dundee & Angus College aimed to reclaim outdoor space for everyone’s use; free from cigarette smoke. They took practical steps across campus to bring about positive changes. Read more about that process here. Dundee and Angus College also set out a clear timescale and project plan to develop their Clean Air Campus policy.
City of Glasgow College
City of Glasgow College prioritises the health and wellbeing of their students and staff through a tobacco-free campus policy as well as the tobacco prevention and cessation activities that are delivered throughout the year. Read more about their work here.
West Lothian College
Since signing up to Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation, West Lothian College Student Association has been working to adopt a clean air campus. This has involved revising their smoking policy, introducing smoke-free signage, working in partnership with NHS Lothian and West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service to provide stop-smoking support and ensuring that all sporting events are smoke-free. Read more about how this is progressing here.
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.