Taking action on smoking and health
The costs of smoking fall most heavily on communities that are struggling against poverty and inequality. On this page you can find out more about:
Smoking is a major contributor to health inequality.
Addressing smoking can contribute to reducing poverty and tackling health inequalities…
ASH Scotland's Engagement Team provides a wide range of support, resources and training to enable organisations to address smoking and improve the health and wellbeing of the communities they support.
Browse our Training, Resources and Support Brochure to see how we can support you.
Contact our Engagement Team to arrange a conversation about how we can help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community organisations are well placed to support people to improve their mental, physical and financial wellbeing through addressing smoking.
ASH Scotland’s Engagement Team provide support to communities in areas of high deprivation to respond to the impact smoking has in their communities, whilst contributing to reducing poverty and tackling health inequalities. Our team:
The relationship between smoking and poverty is complex and is linked with issues such as mental health and inequalities. ASH Scotland’s new eLearning module looks at:
To access the module simply register for a free account at www.ashscotlandmoodle.org.uk . This module takes around 45minutes to complete. It is for anyone who works or volunteers in a community setting.
Our “smoking and poverty” collaboration with the Poverty Alliance, explored how we can encourage and support better partnership working between health interests and anti-poverty campaigns. It included recommendations for improving the language and assumptions we use to help health and anti-poverty interests find common ground. For more information download the summary report (4 pages) or the full report (28 pages).
There are strong links between smoking and mental health - and in the UK, around a third of all tobacco is used by people with mental health issues.
There is now consistent evidence to show that stopping smoking is associated with improvements in depression, anxiety, stress and psychological quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.
Find out more about our work on smoking and mental health here.
We have a range of support and resources available to anyone who works or volunteers with children, young people and families. Find out more here or explore these links:
To reduce the financial impact of smoking, ASH Scotland has worked with money advice services to produce resources to help anyone providing debt or financial advice to raise the issue of smoking in a constructive, non-judgemental way.
Find out more about our previous work with money advice settings here.
In the next year our Engagement Team will be working to develop and deliver work on the financial impact of smoking, please email email@example.com for more information or if you would like to get involved.
This module is designed for money advice organisations, foodbanks and community organisations who offer any type of financial advice and support. It enables advisors to feel confident in having non-judgemental conversations around the financial costs of smoking and highlight the benefits of stopping smoking and saving money. It takes aroudn 45 minutes to complete.
To access the module register for a free account at www.ashscotlandmoodle.org.uk.
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.