Taking action on smoking and health
If you've successfully quit smoking, one of the most important things you can do to inspire others to follow your lead is to share your story with ASH Scotland's Policy, Information and Communications team! Reading or hearing about other people's positive experiences can be very impactful in getting someone to change their thinking from "I will never be able to stop smoking!” to "I can quit smoking, with the right support for me!". So please consider sharing your story with us.
Your story can be used in a range of potential ways (always only ever with your permission) to encourage other people in Scotland to try giving up smoking.
Examples of how we could use your story are:
Do I need to be identified or can I be anonymous?
Most opportunities to share your story with media will require you to be named and usually photographed. If you wish to tell your story but remain anonymous, please still get in touch as there may be other ways to raise vital awareness whereby you can remain anonymous.
We know it can be an emotional experience to share your personal story so we’ll be there with you every step of the way. We will always explain exactly what will be involved with each opportunity and, if you have any concerns or questions, we will provide support and reassurance.When we identify an opportunity for which we think your story might be suitable, we will contact you to check that you are still happy for us to use it. We realise that circumstances can change so if you do not want us to proceed in taking the opportunity or have simply changed your mind about us using your story at all, that will be absolutely fine.If you're happy for us to use your story to potentially generate media interest, we would write up your story as a news release or feature story and ensure that you get the chance to check what is drafted before we send it to any journalist.
We would also only ever set up a conversation for you with a journalist if we have your permission. Sometimes a journalist for a local paper may read a news release and request a short phone interview to ask follow-up questions. They are also likely to ask if arrangements can be made for a photographer to take your photo to accompany the story. You won't be asked to do anything that you are not comfortable with and we will speak with you and the journalist through the entire process.Most journalists will indicate to you or us about when your story will be published so that you can tell all your friends and family to look out and read all about it! Due to deadline time contraints for journalists and sub-editors or editors sometimes making last minute changes to newspaper articles, it is not always possible to see the final story before it appears in print. In our extensive experience, however, any errors are likely to be very small.
So if you’re interested in telling your story to inspire others, please just click on the link below, fill in and submit the form. We will then respond as soon as possible to welcome you as one of our media volunteers!
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.