Taking action on smoking and health
By aspiring to be a smoke-free school, schools can support young people to make confident, responsible, effective decisions about their health and wellbeing.
Our step-by-step guide aims to make working towards becoming a Tobacco-free School as straightforward as possible.
The ten simple steps guide you through the process of creating a smoke-free policy unique to your school.
The guide covers issues such as e-cigarettes, consultation, writing your smoke-free policy, raising awareness, encouraging compliance and supporting people to quit.
There’s also a range of practical resources, tools and templates to support you to become a tobacco-free school.
Every secondary school in Scotland is eligible for one FREE copy of the resource pack. Email us with the following details to request a copy:
The tobacco-free schools pack, additional resources, tools and templates are all available online. To access the pack:
Please download the user guide for further details on accessing our eLearning site.
This approach and the resources have been successfully piloted by secondary schools across the NHS Lothian area. This short video from Royal High School talks through their approach to becoming a tobacco-free school.
Read our interview with guidance teacher about Newbattle Community High School’s journey to becoming a tobacco-free school.
Nicotine Vaping Products (NVPs or e-cigarettes) have been available for just over a decade in Scotland. There are particular considerations for schools and settings engaging with young people on this issue. Take a look at our simple guide for schools on e-cigs and vaping.
You can use the tobacco-free school branding and logos to let people know you’re taking positive steps towards becoming a smoke-free school. Contact us for the image files.
Scottish schools who take steps towards becoming smoke-free can gain recognition for their efforts by becoming a supporter of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.
Supporting the Charter shows your school’s support for creating a tobacco-free generation by 2034 – 10% of secondary schools have already signed up!
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.