Taking action on smoking and health
Get the help you need to deliver an effective tobacco-free policy for your school
ASH Scotland has worked in partnership with NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to develop a range of practical tools and resources.
These tools and resources have been specifically designed to support, enhance and inform each stage of Tobacco-Free School policy development and implementation.
They have been successfully piloted and used by 12 secondary schools from across the NHS Lothian area, as they have developed and implemented their own specific Tobacco-free School policies.
Review existing policies and prioritise potential future actions
As a starting point, the tobacco-free policy checklist helps schools to reflect on, and rate, their existing tobacco policy position and consider how current policies shape and influence attitudes and approaches to tobacco. After 'setting the scene' the checklist supports and encourages schools to think about potential areas where realistic and achievable improvements and commitments could be made.
Effective tobacco-free policy consultation
It is vital to make sure that pupils, teachers, support staff, parents/carers and commumity partners feel that they can share their thoughts, and have their views considered, as part of tobacco-free policy development. ASH Scotland can provide a wide range of tools and resources that will help you to ensure that your tobacco-free policy reflects what people have to say about it.
Contact ASH Scotland's Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 225 4725, to find out how we can help you to get policy consultation just right at your school.
Develop your action plan
Whilst the policy checklist should broadly highlight realistic action areas that your school would like to commit to and focus on, the action plan template provides a focused structure of timescales, responsibilities, resources, milestones and targets for each action.
Tobacco prevention session, lesson and resource support
It can sometimes seem difficult to address tobacco prevention in a way that pupils will find interesting, exciting or really want to get involved in. These short activities, and resource ideas, are designed to introduce key tobacco issues, both in PSE and across a wide range of subject areas. They offer scope for young people to learn more about, and further explore, tobacco issues that they are interested in. Additional information, ideas and resources can also be found on our Tobacco-Free Generation resource pages.
Local NHS prevention teams, national health promotion agencies and community based youth providers are just some of the organisations that can help schools to incorporate tobacco education sessions and stop-smoking support into existing programmes.
Contact ASH Scotland's Engagement team at email@example.com, or call us on 0131 225 4725, and let us help you make the links you might need.
Tobacco-free policy documents - getting the wording right
Getting the structure, language and wording just the way you want it for your tobacco-free policy document can sometimes seem a little tricky. ASH Scotland can provide a range of example policy wording templates that should help you to say what you want to say, in the way that you want to say it.
Raising awareness of tobacco-free policies
People will not know about your school's tobacco-free policy unless you tell them about it. From banners to posters, assembly sessions to powerpoint displays, ASH Scotland have a wide range of ideas and resources that will help you to make sure that people in your school, around your school and in your local community know that your school is a Tobacco-free School.
Recognition and accreditation
Developing a Tobacco-free School policy is an ideal way to meet the criteria for signing up to Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation. Supporting the Charter means that you’ll gain recognition for the work your school is doing and shows your support for a tobacco-free generation by 2034. The Charter is flexible to the needs of your school and, if you are an ASSIST school, it builds on activities you already do. You’ll be able to access free resources, display the Charter logo on your materials and you could even win a Charter Award.
These short case studies (Bucksburn Academy, Aberdeen) (Bathgate Academy and Deans Academy, West Lothian) provide interesting examples of the broad and diverse range of tobacco-free policy and tobacco prevention activities that schools have developed and delivered.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of developing a tobacco-free policy for your school, contact ASH Scotland's Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 0131 225 4725.
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