We are one of just nine organisations in Scotland to be recognised at an awards ceremony this week for outstanding work supporting Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.
The Charter is an initiative run by ASH Scotland aiming to help deliver a tobacco-free generation in the country by 2034.
The Board was commended on its outstanding work towards reducing the harm caused by tobacco across its communities.
An activity book for children on the dangers of second hand smoke and eye-catching smokefree signage at the Royal Hospital for Children, where the charter was signed by the Board, were two of the elements praised by ASH Scotland.
Despite the continuing drop in smoking rates, smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland.
Tobacco use accounts for almost one in four of all deaths in Scotland, is responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually and costs the NHS around £400 million each year to treat smoking-related illnesses.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, director of Public Health, said: “We have a very dedicated team working to help people quit smoking for good and this recognition of their efforts is very welcome.
“They have done great work with children and families around raising awareness of the dangers of second hand smoke to children. They’ve also worked extensively with pharmacies and dental practices who have pledged their support to the goal of a tobacco free Scotland.
“We can help people stop smoking in a number of ways and how people quit is their choice as we know different ways work for different people.
“Last year more than 2,000 people used our Quit Your Way services to successfully stop smoking. People who have used the service are recommending us to friends and family which is a great endorsement.
“I’d urge those looking to quit smoking to look at our service today – you don’t need to struggle on your own.”
“There’s free, expert advice from your pharmacy or Quit Your Way Scotland and you can get stop smoking products for help if you need them. Just have a think, and talk to people, and pick your way to quit.”
Sheila Duffy, chief executive, ASH Scotland, said: “I’m delighted to present NHSGGC with a Charter Award to recognise their significant positive contributions in support of the Charter principles. Each step an organisation takes, furthers Scotland’s progress towards a generation free from tobacco.
“Scotland has a vision of putting smoking out of fashion for the next generation, with fewer than 5% of the population still smoking by 2034.
“The Charter is proving an effective way to align organisations in the fight against tobacco and particularly the harmful effects it has on children and young people.
If you want to quit, call Quit Your Way Scotland on 0800 84 84 84 for free, expert advice and help, however you want it. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8AM to 10PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm or you can live chat on the Quit your Way Scotland website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/
For more information contact: NHSGGC press office on 0141 201 4429 or [email protected]
Pic: Karen Mathers (2nd left), NHSGGC Health Improvement Senior (tobacco control) receives ASH Charter