Taking action on smoking and health
The Tobacco-free Generation Charter Awards are for Charter Supporter Organisations who have demonstrated significant positive change in support of the Charter principles.
The Charter Awards recognise the outstanding contributions organisations across the country are making to reduce the harm caused by tobacco in their communities.
On 24th November 2016 organisations from across the country collected awards at the Scottish Parliament for their efforts in tackling the harm caused by tobacco in the communities they work with.
The following organisations received awards for their commitment to taking bold action to help Scotland achieve its tobacco-free goal by 2034.
Read the press release here.
Play Away Nursery is a private nursery situated just minutes from Glasgow city centre. Established in August 2010, their aim is to provide high quality care for the babies, toddlers and pre-school children in their setting.
Play Away were the first nursery school to sign-up to the Charter. The nursery goes beyond just asking staff not to smoke around children, they actively encourage staff to stop smoking - two members of staff have quit in the last year. They are working to ensure that parents and carers do no smoke around collecting areas and they raise awareness of second-hand smoke issues with parents and carers.
Play Away Nursery press release here.
Fife College boldly aspires to be a smoke-free College Campus by 2019. They have recently introduced a new Clear Air Policy and have committed to the Healthy Body Health Minds initiative to help change attitudes towards smoking on campus. The college works in partnership with local NHS stop-smoking services to support staff and students to quit smoking whilst promoting positive health messages across campus.
Fife College press release here.
A Life Explored provides specialist residential childcare for children who have had difficult starts in life, and for a variety of reasons are unable to live with their families.
The care provider has developed a unique forward-thinking smoke-free policy for both their children and the adults who care for them. Adults encourage the children and young people in their care to lead healthy lifestyles, and offer support for those who want to quit smoking. Children who quit smoking receive incentives such as increased pocket money for remaining smoke-free.
They are working in partnership with the Care Inspectorate and ASH Scotland to influence the development of national tobacco policy guidance for use within the residential care sector.
A Life Explored press release here.
The East Dunbartonshire Tobacco-free Alliance is a local partnership working on activity to reduce smoking rates and tackle health inequalities in the East Dunbartonshire area. The Alliance includes seven local organisations including the Police, Fire Service, NHS and East Dunbartonshire Council.
All seven partners have individually endorsed the Charter and have used the Charter’s six principles to inform and shape their local plans. Initiatives launched by the Alliance include the creation of two smoke-free play parks in Bearsden and Kirkintilloch and they are working to make the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival a smoke-free event.
East Dunbartonshire Tobacco-free Alliance press release here.
LANDED offer volunteering opportunities for young people and support them to become positive active citizens whilst promoting healthy lifestyles through peer education.
They deliver tobacco focused workshops to local young people on the health effects of tobacco, second-hand smoke, the law surrounding tobacco and the benefits of quitting. They have also developed a popular life-size tobacco board game.
LANDED release here.
The Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership work closely with partners for the benefit of people in the Borders. They were the first community planning partnership to sign up to the Charter. They have since created a strong local tobacco strategy that involves the whole partnership in activity in support of the six Charter principles. They took a unique approach to the sign-up process to receive buy in from all stakeholders.
Border's CPP press release here.
The Scottish Cot Death Trust aim to reduce the risks associated with cot death. They have trained their community based support workers in tobacco issues and strategies that can reduce the harmful effects of smoking on children and families. All families enrolled on their ‘next infant support programme’ received one-to-one support from a community based support worker and have the opportunity for enhanced support to quit smoking or reduce their tobacco intake.
SCDT press release here.
The Scottish Youth Parliament have a track record of supporting legislation that protects young people from second hand smoke, discourages the uptake of smoking and supports young people to quit. They campaigned for the smoke-free legislation in 2006 and in June this year they pledged to make their future sittings smoke-free. The young people who lead the organisation have introduced a new clean-air policy for the organisation and have committed their support to future campaigns that protect young people from tobacco.
SYP press release here.
Details on how to nominate an organisation for a Charter Award here.
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.
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