Taking action on smoking and health
STA Research Group
Professionals with an interest in both research into tobacco related issues and the policy environment surrounding research development are encouraged to network through this group. The group has proved very useful for highlighting the latest research into the social, economic and health effects of smoking in Scotland and in thoughtfully considering the results of information gathering and service evaluations.
By bringing together scientists, social researchers and those who commission and make use of the research findings, this group has helped build new connections and working relationships between academia and service providers.
Group Chair: Helen Sweeting, Senior Investigator Scientist at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit of the MRC
Vice-Chair is Dr Marissa de Andrade, Lecturer, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Contact Mike Andrews : 0131 220 9467: email@example.com
See Events for next meeting.
Short-life Working Groups
ASH Scotland has pledged to provide staff support and resources to enable SLWG's to operate effectively such that the burden of work does not fall upon STA participants. ASH Scotland staff will minute meetings, organise events, carry out research and design materials suggested by the SLWG's, STA Members may offer some of their valuable time and the benefit of their knowledge to bring value to national networking.
First group meeting will be held on 13.30, 15 March 18 at ASH Scotland
Meeting agenda (Word, 45 KB)
To register your support and for more details contact David Robertson
This group has been in action throughout 2017 identifying useful learning and respources to support STA members working to reduce access to tobacco by young people. This culminated in the #notafavour campaign. The group continues to evolve and new participants are welcome.
View materials available here.
Meeting of the STA Short-life Working Group on Tobacco Supply Culture Change
14.oo to 16.00, ASH Scotland Edinburgh, Boardroom, 15 Feb 18.
How can we better influence uptake of smoking amongst those in this age group, particularly young people not in work or in low paid employment, apprenticeships and at college?
The working group comes together again at the at the STA Learning Day on the 20 September (This learning day will have a focus on developing proposals for the Scottish Governments next tobacco control strategy in 2018).
The meeting on 26 April focused on employability and training settings. To get involved with group actions contact Emma Papakyriakou.
The group has created an electronic survey to determine the needs of training providers in respect of smoking policy and healthy living advice and published a report of recommendations for action.
This group reviewed and celebrated smoke-free homes activity to date and recommend future action priorities at a mini-summit on 14 June 2017.
Outline of the proposed actions of the group (Word, 70KB)
Power Point presentations from the meeting can be found here.
An executive summary of a report of this meeting is available here. (Full report on request).
The group will not meet again. For more information contact Joanne Buchan.
Tobacco and community planning
A small group of STA members are contributing to a guide to inform those involved in community planning who come from non-health backgrounds so that they may appreciate the need for partnership working across different sectors to reduce smoking prevalence.
Tobacco Control Guide for Community Planning (PDF, 198 KB)
(see also HSCP Guide below).
Smoking and Poverty Short-life Working Group
More information (220KB, PDF)
Smoking and Mental Health Short-life Working Group
See recent Summit on Smoking and Mental Health
Most up to date information see The Stolen Years report - 13 April 2016
More information on the group (187KB, PDF)
Local Tobacco Control Development Short-life Working Group
How action on tobacco can deliver on Health and Social Care Partnership outcomes (pdf 400KB)
Creating a tobacco-free generation locally (pdf 2Mb)
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.