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:
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.