Taking action on smoking and health
Health Boards across Scotland have a comprehensive organisational tobacco policy that seeks to create a supportive environment for staff and patients to be tobacco-free and to ensure smoke-free hospital grounds.
Boards are already committed to ensuring that all smokers, on admission to hospital, are supported to manage their smoking, offered NRT, and encouraged to quit. Cooperative working with community stop smoking services, primary care providers and others can minimise the number of people attending services within secondary care who are currently smoking.
Every Health Board in Scotland* is a supporter of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation, which is playing an important part in the transition to a tobacco-free society by 2034.
ASH Scotland encourages the cascade of Charter support to every part of society and advocates endorsement by hospital management on behalf of the hospital community as a way to focus attention on NHS Boards tobacco policy.
1. Staff and patients will be encouraged to avoid exposing children and young people to tobacco smoke.
2. Staff and patients will be asked to support smoke-free grounds legislation to ensure that visual cues for smokers are removed from hospital environments and that patient are not exposed to smoke drift in the vicinity of children’s or any other wards.
3. Non-smoking staff and visitors will be engaged in supporting smokers to avoid exposing children to second-hand smoke and to provide compassionate aid to those attempting to quit smoking.
To register your support simply fill in the online registration form and make three pledges. If you wish to simply adopt the pledges outlined above just enter the words "web page pledges" and we will know what you hope to achieve over the next year.
*Not yet NHS Borders
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.