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Tobacco-free Schools Policy Guide

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 Tobacco-free School is 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.

Having a Tobacco-free School policy goes beyond simply defining where smoking is and is not permitted.  NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Ash Scotland have prepared a comprehensive guide to support schools step by step through the process of becoming a Tobacco-free school.  The guide includes a suite of user-friendly tools and resources and once the process has been concluded schools will be accredited as having a Tobacco-free School status and are eligble to display the tobacco free schools logo.    

Click here to access the guide 


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