Taking action on smoking and health
Yet smoking can be like using a loan shark – whatever immediate relief it may provide, it makes the underlying problems worse.
A packet of 20 cigerettes a day costs £250 a month - that's £3,000 per year so not smoking can play a big part in improving anyone's financial capability as well as improve their health outcomes.
A pilot project carried out between 2014-2016 working with money advice services in Glasgow (see below) found that staff were keen to help clients to save money by stopping smoking, but were concerned about how they could raise this issue in the most sensitive and empathic manner.
In response we have created new resource materials to help advice staff to positively engage with clients who are interested in stopping smoking. Our new packs are designed to get noticed and encourage clients themselves to ask about what they are, so that the advisors can use these materials to inform and support clients interested in saving money by stopping smoking.
Each pack contains leaflets setting out the money that can be saved by stopping smoking and providing ten tips to help clients along.
The packs should be of use to anyone working in a setting that provides money advice, even if just part of a wider package of support - this could be a money advice service, a food bank, a student welfare office, a Citizens Advice Bureau, a credit union or a local authority One Stop Shop.
To order a pack to help raise the issue with your clients, request associated A3 posters to display or to order more of the leaflet inserts, contact Zareen Raza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and ASH Scotland worked together on a pilot to evaluate the potential role that money advice services can play in raising the issue of smoking.
The project provided tailored training on tobacco and smoking issues to money advice staff across five Health and Social Care Partnership areas in East Renfrewshire, South Glasgow, Glasgow East, North West Glasgow and Renfrewshire. Following the training evaluation we returned to interview staff, managers and clients to identify their perceptions of the change, the impact achieved and any barriers they encountered.
The pilot concluded that raising the issue of smoking was an effective and achievable way for money advice staff to help their clients, making the following recommendations:
Download the full report The role of stopping smoking in money advice - putting health and economic benefits together report and Executive Summary
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.