; Take Action

TFG LogoSign Scotland’s Charter for a tobacco-free generation:

Your organisation can pledge to take action to help Scotland reduce the harm caused by smoking – so that the next generation can grow up free from tobacco. Our Charter is free to sign up to, simply enter your details and pledge up to three actions that your organisation would like to take forward over the coming year to help Scotland reach the goal of a tobacco-free nation by 2034. We can help you develop realistic actions to suit your organisation.

All Charter supporters can make use of a wide range of resources, logos, example tweets and support from the ASH Scotland engagement team. For more information on how to sign up visit www.ashscotland.org.uk/charter

All of the practical changes listed below would count as activity in support of the Charter. For examples of the types of pledges other youth organisations have made and how they have taken action please see our Charter highlights page.

Make your premises and events smoke-free:

Creating a smoke-free culture at youth work settings and outdoor events protects everyone from the harm caused by second-hand smoke, promotes positive role modelling to young people and promotes smoke-free as the norm by putting smoking out of sight. Develop a smoke-free culture at your premises. ASH Scotland, in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have developed a tobacco policy support guide for organisations, groups and youth workers who work with young people in community settings.

Make your events smoke-free. Download our guide to help your organisation develop a policy that promotes a smoke-free culture at outdoor sport and leisure events involving children, young people or families.

You may also find our five step guide helpful. Changing the culture surrounding smoking at your premises takes time but there are practical steps that you can take. While this was designed to support College and University settings to become smoke-free it outlines many important considerations that are also applicable to youth work settings.

Support national campaigns:


The #befreeachievemore campaign helps young people to identify with being happier, better off and achieving more by being smoke-free. Our free resources include a range of top tips that will enable you to have conversations with those aged 16 – 24 about smoking in the context of their overall health and wellbeing, while our posters will help you to highlight the campaign to those you work with.


Support Scotland’s campaign to stop young people being given tobacco. Most young people who smoke get their cigarettes from friends, family and other people they know. Often this is thought of as doing them a favour. The #notafavour campaign sets out to challenge the attitudes and assumptions that lie behind giving tobacco to young people. For more information and free resources visit www.notafavour.scot or tweet your support using the hashtag #notafavour

No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the UK, intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. It takes place on the second Wednesday in March each year. For more information and resources email enquiries@ashscotland.org.uk

World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco.

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