Taking action on smoking and health
Why is becoming a Tobacco-free School so important?
Two thirds of smokers start before they are 18. Most say they regret having done so. Every day in Scotland, a classroom full of young people take up smoking – that’s 13,000 young Scots each year.
There are many different factors which lead young people to smoke, but the extent to which tobacco is prominent, normal or accepted around them plays a crucial part.
Creating a Tobacco-free School is, therefore, an important piece in the jigsaw of support which enables young people to make positive choices on tobacco.
What is a Tobacco-free School?
A Tobacco-free School policy goes beyond simply defining where smoking is and is not permitted. A Tobacco-free School adopts a whole-school approach to ensuring that:
Becoming a Tobacco-free School covers both pupils and staff and provides a clear, bureaucracy-free means to express a school’s commitment to the health, well-being and future life of its pupils.
A comprehensive guide from ASH Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde sets out how your school can do that, and we have prepared user-friendly tools and resources to guide you step-by-step through the process.
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.