Taking action on smoking and health
Here you can read previous articles from organisations who have endorsed Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.
The latest Charter Highlights are here and the full list of Charter Supporters can be viewed here.
Don't Risk It - Buying Tobacco for Under 18s
Evidence suggests that young people are finding it more difficult to purchase tobacco for themselves, and are asking adults to "jump in" to buy cigarettes for them.
A pilot project in the Irvine area of North Ayrshire over the Christmas period sought to discourage this source of supply to young people. More about the campaign here.
Creating a clean air college campus
The Clean Air Campus approach taken by Dundee & Angus College aimed to reclaim outdoor space for everyone’s use; free from cigarette smoke. They took practical steps across campus to bring about positive changes. Read more about that process here.
Smoke-free Play Champions
Encouraging tobacco-free spaces where children play - at home, school or in a playground - not only protects their immediate health but helps to future-proof them against health risks when they grow up. More about encouraging smoke-free places for play and our work with Play Scotland in this article.
Make an impact with Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation
The Social Impact Pledge asks public sector organisations to commit to doing things differently and ASH Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation helps organisations to do just that.
Public bodies interested in making a Social Impact Pledge should check out this Communities Channel Scotland blog for inspiration.
Chief Medical Officer supports bid for tobacco-free future
Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer is proud to endorse Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation. Dr Calderwood’s Office is joining an esteemed list of over 130 organisations that have already pledged action towards a tobacco-free Scotland. Full story here.
The Right Approach
Like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation seeks to encourage adults to involve children, be responsible for them, and use their power to help keep them safe, healthy and protected from harm.
This blog for the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, explains why protecting children from the effects second-hand smoke matters from a rights perspective. Read the blog here.
Download this poster highlighting how the Charter links to the articles of the UNCRC.
Working together, creating change
Sheila Duffy tells Children in Scotland Magazine how partnership working is providing focus, purpose and a real force to be reckoned with. Read full article [pdf].
First published in Children in Scotland magazine, Issue 174, June/July 2016.
East Dunbartonshire sign up to promote a 'clean air society'
The East Dunbartonshire Tobacco Alliance has signed up to support a national bid to make Scotland “tobacco free.” All seven partner organisations gathered to officially put their names to Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation, which aims for fewer than 5% of Scots to be lighting up by 2034. Read the full release here [pdf].
Scotland’s pre-schoolers to celebrate their 21st birthdays free from tobacco
A blog about the pivotal role early years organisations can play in helping work towards a tobacco-free generation, including practical steps that early years and family support services can take towards a tobacco-free 2034.
Every baby should be born free from the harmful effects of tobacco
Aberdeen Fertility Centre supports the Charter because of the damaging effect smoking has on fertility and the impact on the development of the child. Couples embarking on fertility treatment are supported to remain smoke-free, before during and after treatment. Click here to view an infographic that covers some of the issues associated with smoking and infertility.
Fife leading the way to a Tobacco-free Generation
A Life Explored are the first residential childcare provider to sign the Charter. They have developed a comprehensive smoke-free policy. Residents who quit smoking receive incentives such as increased pocket money for remaining smoke-free. Read the news release here.
Equipping young people to make positive choices
The Citadel Youth Centre has provided community based youth work in Leith since 1980. Earlier this year they received a small grant to deliver tobacco prevention activities across their youth clubs. Liz Duncanson, Family Worker at Citadel Youth Centre describes how the grant helped the centre integrate tobacco messages into their existing youth work programmes. Click here to read [pdf]
Youth work works!
Access to funding can have a major impact on the ability of community youth projects to address tobacco issues as effectively as they might like.
Lothian Association of Youth Clubs, in partnership with NHS Lothian have been offering small Tobacco Action Grants of £750 to youth groups across the Lothians to turn their ideas into action. Read more about the impact this project is having across the Lothians [pdf].
Fast Forward to 2034 Fast Forward have a track-record in delivering exciting projects to support tobacco education and prevention. Meet the Fast Forward team and see how they are working towards a tobacco-free generation click here to read on.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran issued a press release after they endorsed the Charter, read it here [pdf]. This is the latest in a series of actions NHS Ayrshire & Arran have taken to help reduce the harm caused by tobacco. Read more from Chief Executive, John Burns here [pdf].
National youth basketball programme makes tobacco-free pledge: Read here [pdf] for more from Sarah Furniss, Youth Development Coordinator at Shell Twilight Basketball about their smoke-free tournaments.
Grampian secondary school leads the way to a Tobacco-free Generation: Staff and pupils at Bucksburn Academy campus are proud to endorse Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation – the first school in Grampian to do so. Read more here [pdf]
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland signed the Charter due to the significant contribution that smoking & tobacco use has on the main health conditions that this charity supports. Read more about why they signed the Charter and what they're doing to support it [pdf].
Aberdeen Foyer is proud to be a supporter of Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation. Keith Grassick, Tobacco development and support worker, Aberdeen Foyer, writes about why Aberdeen Foyer supports the Charter. Read more here [pdf].
Organisations supporting the Charter receive update emails with the latest Charter news, packed with further inspiration for supporting the principles of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.
If you've signed up to the Charter but haven't received these email updates please let us know (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Issue 10 - March 2018 - Update for supporters of Scotland's Charter for a tobacco-free generation [pdf]
Issue 9 - December 2017 - Update for supporters of Scotland's Charter for a tobacco-free generation [pdf]
Issue 8 - September 2017 -Update for supporters of Scotland's Charter for a tobacco-free generation [pdf]
If you have piece of work that supports one of the Charter principles or helps work towards the 2034 goal of a tobacco-free generation then let us know about it, we can showcase your work through the webpages and other channels.
Contact email@example.com or call 0131 225 4725 and ask for the Charter Coordinator.
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