Taking action on smoking and health
STA Research and Evaluation Group
The STA Research and Evaluation Group brings researchers and practitioners together to share and to build knowledge about best practice in delivering interventions on tobacco and health. It is a development of the previous Research Group, which proved very useful for highlighting current research into the social, economic and health effects of smoking in Scotland, but mainly attracted academic researchers.
The Research and Evaluation Group will continue to cover formal/published academic studies, but give equal space to practical experience and the impact and evaluation of projects. Meetings will be presented in non-specialist language to create an inclusive environment where all can share and contribute to our knowledge base of what does and does not work in reducing the harm caused by smoking.
All STA members are welcome to join the Research and Evaluation Group – and may choose to contribute or to raise questions, or just to hear and to learn. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Chair: Helen Sweeting, Senior Investigator Scientist at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit of the MRC
Vice-Chair is Rachel O'Donnell, Research Fellow, University of Stirling
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.
A new group on the links between smoking and drugs and alcohol is being formed, responding to a number of issues raised by STA members, including:
- The new Public Health Priorities (Priority 4: A Scotland where we reduce the use of and harm from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) bring together alcohol, tobacco and drugs as part of a wider “whole systems” effort for joined up working to prevent health harms. What does this mean for the STA and for those of us working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco?
- There is a national network of smoking cessation services and a separate network of drug and alcohol services. Can these two parallel networks be more closely integrated or connected? And would that be a good thing?
- There is now good evidence that the harmful effects of each substance do not simply act individually but that there are multiplier effects (e.g. drinking alcohol means that more of the harmful substances in tobacco smoke are absorbed in the mouth).
- There are particular links between smoking tobacco and cannabis, with cannabis tending to fall down the gap between smoking cessation and drug and alcohol services
To express an interest in the new group please contact ASH Scotland email@example.com
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.
Last meeting notes (Word Doc, 43KB)
View materials available here.
See Events for next meeting.
1. ASH Scotland (with input from SLWG members) to collate existing information and materials to create an accessible presentation of the Scottish NHS “business case” for enhanced stop smoking interventions in secondary care. This to encompass the reduced costs of medications, shorter in-patient stays, greater patient comfort/less disruption in wards, fewer re-admissions, etc.
2. This to be used to engage professional bodies, seeking their endorsement and active promotion to their members
3. Meanwhile a sectoral approach to creating support materials/referral cards can be adopted. From the many themes available to us we will need to prioritise, based perhaps on the availability and willingness of sectoral partners to support distribution and promotion of the materials.
Report on the Charter Dentists (PDF, 917KB)
The group finished in June 2017.
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 group 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.
The learning and contacts generated by the group led to the development of a health promotion campaign called #BEFREE which will launch in August 2018.
This group reviewed and celebrated smoke-free homes activity to date and recommend future action priorities at a mini-summit on 14 June 2017.
A small group of STA members contributed 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)
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.