Taking action on smoking and health
Research commissioned by ASH Scotland in 2020 found that many young people are not aware of the negative impact smoking can have on mental health and wellbeing. It is not something routinely included in smoking prevention education and there is a lack of accessible information on the topic. Our goal is to raise awareness amongst young people of the positive impact that remaining smoke-free or quitting smoking, can have on mental health and wellbeing.
We will soon be working with the two recipients of our Young People and Mental Health Fund to develop resources and learning approaches that can be shared with their peers. These two youth organisations in Scotland, who support young people aged 11-25, are best placed to create new, innovative resources or approaches around smoking and other health behaviours that impact on mental health and wellbeing.
Smoking, young people and mental health report
In late 2020, the Engagement team at ASH Scotland commissioned a consultation to explore smoking, young people and mental health. This was conducted by YouthBorders and Lothian Association of Youth Clubs.
A copy of the report and recommendations on how youth services in Scotland can be supported to enhance young people’s health and wellbeing through addressing smoking can be found here.
If you have any questions regarding the development of activity in this area, or are keen to be involved, please email email@example.com.
Resources for working with young people
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. Our youth resources and youth vaping pages have information, resources and support to help you achieve this goal.
Youth resources page: www.ashscotland.org.uk/youthresources
Youth vaping page: www.ashscotland.org.uk/youthvaping
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.