Taking action on smoking and health
Youth work organisations and youth workers have a vital role to play in supporting and nurturing young people to make healthy life decisions as they make the transition into adulthood, employment, training and further education.
Supporting young people to navigate decisions about tobacco needs to also take account of the potential interactions between smoking and other associated issues such as mental wellbeing and physical health, finances and use of substances such as cannabis and alcohol.
Smoking and Young People has been designed for anyone working in a youth work role. It focuses on how smoking impacts young people, providing up-to-date information on smoking and young people in Scotland, including young peoples’ attitudes and knowledge; smoking, e-cigarettes and other substances; and tobacco industry tactics in recruiting young people.
It also explores youth work’s role in engaging young people to stay smoke-free, and supporting young people to quit smoking, highlighting resources and strategies to enable youth workers to confidently discuss smoking with the young people they work with.
This course is complemented by our youth work resources, Tobacco-free Generation, designed to support youth workers to deliver activities to help equip young people to make confident and responsible decisions on smoking and their health and wellbeing.
The Smoking and Young People e-learning course can be accessed free from our ASH Scotland elearning website.
In late 2020 ASH Scotland commissioned a consultation to explore smoking, young people and mental health. More information and a copy of the report can be found at: www.ashscotland.org.uk/ypmh.
The Tobacco-free Generation resources have been designed to help youth organisations to incorporate smoking within wider health and wellbeing objectives and their youth work practice.
The resources provide youth workers with up to date, factual information about smoking and activities designed to help talk to young people about tobacco issues.
Tobacco-free Generation has been developed in conjunction with Fast Forward, Young Scot, Youthlink Scotland and Youth Scotland. Access the resources at www.youthworkessentials.org/tobacco-free-generation.aspx.
The tobacco education activities bank is available to download on our ASH Scotland eLearning website.
The #befree campaign helps young people to identify with being happier, fitter, betteroff and achieving more by being smoke-free.
Our free resources include a range of top tips that will enable conversations with young people about smoking in the context of their overall health and wellbeing. Our free posters help highlight the campaign messages youth settings.
Making practical changes to promote a smoke-free culture within your youth organisation will directly benefit the young people, youth workers and your organisation contributing to the Scottish Government’s vision for a tobacco-free generation.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how we can support youth organisations to create a smoke-free culture.
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.