Smoking still remains one of the principal preventable causes of illness and premature death in Scotland. It is estimated that smoking causes around 13,000 deaths each year and many more hospital admissions.

In recent years there has been a welcome downward trend in regular smoking among young people ages 13 and 15 years (SALSUS 2015), however the rate among 16-24 year olds remains considerably higher (Scottish Household Survey 2015).

In May 2013 the Scottish Government launched the latest tobacco control strategy which aims to create a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034 (Creating a Tobacco-Free Generation: A Tobacco Control Strategy for Scotland). 

This strategy continues to infrom and guide our smoking prevention work in Lothian up to March 2018.

Current Activity

Currently, the main areas of work that the Health Promotion Service is delivering in partnership with a range of organisations, are:

  • Pilot the Decipher-Assist approach (as part of a national feasibility study)
  • Provide support to secondary schools to review and improve the tobacco education curriculum and implementation of the school smoking policy. More information is available here
  • Smoke Free Homes and Zones project to help protect children from second-hand smoke
  • Support to youth-work agencies to develop tobacco prevention including offering small grants to involve young people in tobacco prevention activity
  • Provide tobacco awareness sessions and offer support to stop smoking to young people 16+ in vocational training settings
  • Raise public awareness about proxy sales of tobacco
  • Provide training for staff and volunteers on tobacco issues
  • Provision of smoking prevention resources

Last Reviewed: 21/08/2017