Taking action on smoking and health
The Scottish Government have reaffirmed their target to be a tobacco-free nation by 2034 and outlined the important role schools can play:
“We will continue to support the call for schools to become Tobacco-free Schools, and look for opportunities to encourage more schools to take part, especially in areas where there is high smoking prevalence and where teenagers are under most pressure to smoke.” Raising Scotland’s Tobacco-free Generation, Our Tobacco-Control Action Plan 2018.
By helping our young people realise their right to effective health and wellbeing education we ensure our next generation grow up to be smoke-free.
Our experience demonstrates that schools that implement their own supportive smoke-free policies, provide a framework of effective support for young people to make positive choices on smoking, health and wellbeing.
Tobacco use can be linked to issues such as pupil attendance, academic performance and future aspiration. By actively addressing health related issues, such as smoking, schools can help boost attainment and help young people feel more connected to their peers and their community.
Our ten step guide aims to makes becoming a tobacco-free school as straightforward as possible. In the guide you'll find the tools and guidance you need to work towards tobacco-free school status.
Every secondary school in Scotland is eligible for one FREE copy of the resource pack. Email us to request a copy.
The tobacco-free schools pack, additional resources, tools and templates are all available online. To access the pack:
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.