Taking action on smoking and health
Health hazards of second-hand smokeLegislation to reduce exposure to second-hand smokeFurther resources
Health hazards of second-hand smoke
Second-hand smoke (SHS), also referred to as passive smoking or Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), is a serious public health risk. The 2006 US Surgeon General's report referred to second-hand smoke as "a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults."
In March 2010, the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians launched a major new report entitled 'Passive smoking and children' which outlined how children are particularly vulnerable to passive smoke exposure, most of which occurs in the home. About 2 million children currently live in a household where they are exposed to cigarette smoke and many more are exposed outside the home. Using evidence-based studies and additional analysis, the report contains alarming new estimates for key measures of health damage attributable to passive smoking, which for children each year causes:
ASH Scotland received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to manage a research project called REFRESH (Reducing families' exposure to second-hand smoke in the home) in partnership with the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The project ran from to March 2010 to March 2014 .
Legislation to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke
At 6am on 26th March 2006, Smoke-free legislation was implemented in Scotland. The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 banned smoking in enclosed public places (with limited exemptions) and in doing so helped protect the Scottish public from the dangers of second-hand smoke.
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.