NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has launched a new group for young people against being targetted by tobacco companies.
The innovative pilot project for 11-18 year olds is being organised by NHS GGC's SmokeFree Youth Services with advice from Liverpool youngsters from youth advocacy group D-MYST (Direct Movement by the Youth SmokeFree Team).
It is part of NHS GGC's commitment to reducing the impact of tobacco on the health of future generations.
Around 30 young people from the Board area attended the launch at X-scape at Braehead, and Sarah Lindsay, NHS GGC’s Health Improvement Senior (Tobacco and Young People), said:
“We are trying to motivate young people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde to take a stand and lead on tobacco control work that they feel is relevant to them and their peers.
“This could be campaigning, website development, or raising public awareness.
“D-MYST was launched three years ago and successfully made smokefree changes in Liverpool, we hope our young people will have similar success in their communities.”
According to Action on Smoking and Health Scotland (ASH) Chief Executive Sheila Duffy, young people are actively targetted by tobacco companies, she said:
“Every day 41 young people are recruited as smokers by the tobacco industry in Scotland. It’s therefore more important than ever that we listen to the views of children and young people on how best to reduce this appalling figure."
For more information contact Susan Carden, Communications Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429/07971 267759.