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Tobacco Policy Guide For Schools

Helping schools to implement and develop tobacco-free policies

Two thirds of smokers start before they are 18. Most say they regret having done so. Every day in Scotland, a classroom full of young people  take up smoking – that’s 15,000 young Scots each year.

There are many different factors which lead young people to smoke, but the extent to which tobacco is prominent, normal or accepted around them plays a crucial part.

Creating a Tobacco-Free School is therefore an important piece in the jigsaw of support which enables young people to make positive choices on tobacco. A new guide from ASH Scotlandand NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will help you to do that.

What is a Tobacco-Free School?

A Tobacco-Free School approach goes beyond defining where smoking is and is not permitted. A Tobacco-Free School adopts a whole-school approach to ensuring that: 

  • all children can play, learn and socialise in places that are free from tobacco 
  • every child has the right to effective education that equips them to make informed positive choices on tobacco and health 
  • all young people are protected from the commercial interests which profit from recruiting new smokers 
  • any young person who smokes is offered accessible support to help them to become tobacco-free. 

Becoming a Tobacco-Free School covers both pupils and staff and provides a clear, bureaucracy-free means to express a school’s commitment to the health, well-being and future life of its pupils.

Help and support

The Tobacco-Free Schools guide can be downloaded in full here.

Alternatively, you can download and use the sections that are most relevant to your school:  

 The key to being accredited with Tobacco-Free School status is to follow the policy process outlined in the guide. Schools that demonstrate this process are acknowledged as Tobacco-Free Schools and are eligible to display the Tobacco-Free Schools logo. There is no further bureaucracy and no charge.