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 Rachel O'Donnell, Research Fellow, University of Stirling
Contact STA Coordinator : 0131 225 4725: firstname.lastname@example.org
See Events for next meeting.
Main ASH Scotland research page
Tobacco-related research articles identified from PubMed by the ASH Scotland Information Service. Updated weekly.
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.
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)
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.
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 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)
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.