Taking action on smoking and health
Developing and implementing tobacco-free policies in youth work settings
Protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of young people is fundamental to the role of any youth worker.
Adults that work with young people are role models for the young people they work with and support.
We know that young people are more likely to become smokers if parents smoke, friends smoke or people they see as role models smoke.
Organisations that are involved in improving the lives of young people, or promoting positive health, need to recognise that addressing smoking and tobacco with young people is a core priority, on an equal footing with issues such as alcohol, sexual health and drugs.
ASH Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services have developed a tobacco-free policy support guide for organisations, groups and youth workers that work with young people in community settings. The tobacco-free policy guide aims to encourage and support organisations to extend their tobacco policies beyond simply stating where staff and young people can and cannot smoke and instead focus on protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of staff and young people.The tobacco-free policy guide provides practical information and advice that has been informed by consultation with third sector youth organisations across the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. It makes suggestions for developing tobacco policies that support health promoting youth work settings whilst recognising that not all policy development ideas and options may be suitable or viable for all circumstances.
We have produced a short guidance document designed to help youth groups and organisations use their tobacco-free policies to address e-cigarette issues.
The e-cigarette policy guidance complements the existing tobacco policy support guide for youth work settings. It includes up to date information on e-cigarettes and offers several recommendations on how youth service providers could look to address e-cigarette issues as part of their tobacco policy.You can request a hard copy of the tobacco policy support guide from our Engagement team at email@example.com or 0131 225 4725.
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.