Giving tobacco to young people?

You’re helping them into addiction, ill health and money worries.

Think you’re doing them a favour?

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”.

This campaign sets out to challenge the attitudes and assumptions that lie behind giving cigarettes to children.

We are doing this because most smokers started as children, and most smokers say that they want to stop.

Under the #notafavour banner, this campaign will clearly set out that buying tobacco for young people is helping them into addiction, ill health and money worries.

We have created a set of materials promoting the #notafavour message. Can you help us to get these materials and messages out to those members of the public who need to see them?

Why buying tobacco for kids isn’t doing them a favour

It is illegal to sell tobacco to under 18’s, to buy tobacco to give to under 18s or for under 18s to try to buy tobacco products themselves.

There are good reasons for this.

  • Adolescents get dependent on nicotine faster than adults do. They find nicotine more rewarding, underestimate the risks of smoking, and are more influenced by smoking behaviour around them.
  • The average smoker in Scotland has 13 cigarettes a day, costing them £130 a month or £1600 a year.
  • The earlier a smoker starts the more health damage results and the harder it is to quit. Every cigarette smoked results in 11 minutes of life lost, so that smoking is by far the biggest preventable cause of ill health and death in Scotland.

It is not surprising that nearly 70% of smokers say that they want to quit.

Most people would not give tobacco to children, not because of the threat of a fine but because they know it’s just wrong.

Yet 36 young people in Scotland take up smoking every day – and surveys of young people who smoke show that this is the most common way that they get hold of cigarettes.

We need to reach that minority of people who do pass on cigarettes to those too young to buy it for themselves.

With the source of tobacco usually being people they know, we have the chance to highlight how giving tobacco to young people is not doing them a favour – it is doing serious harm to friends, family and other people you know and care about.

This campaign is part of a wider effort for Scotland to become “tobacco-free” by 2034 – meaning a situation where the only people who smoke are the small number of informed adults who actively choose to do so.

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70% of smokers say they want to quit.

Every cigarette smoked results in 11 minutes of life lost.

Think you’re doing them a favour?

What you can do.

Think about opportunities you have to get the #notafavour message out to the public, particularly any groups you think might be involved in giving tobacco to kids.

What channels are available to you – schools and colleges, youth groups, shops, GP surgeries, community noticeboards, websites or social media, local newspapers, stencils at busy junctions or bus stops – whatever chances you have in your community.

Access free resources, from posters and postcards to email footers and web buttons, to download

Tweet with hashtag #notafavour and get our campaign Twibbon to help spread the word.

Contact us to tell us you want to support the campaign, to order printed posters to put in your workplace, etc, and postcards to have available to give out.

Find out more about Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation, and have your organisation join those having signed it.

Free resources

Download our free resources. If emailing us to request printed copies then please quote the code given for each product.

A3 Campaign Poster Portrait (Male) – code A3PM

Poster with young male portraitDownload our A3 campaign poster in various formats:

A4 Campaign Poster Portrait (Male) – code A4PM

Poster with young male portraitDownload our A4 campaign poster in various formats:

A3 Campaign Poster Portrait (Female) – code A3PF

Download our A3 campaign poster in various formats:

A4 Campaign Poster Portrait (Female) – code A4PF

Download our A4 campaign poster in various formats:

A3 Campaign Poster Landscape (Male) – code A3LM

Landscape poster maleDownload our A3 campaign poster in various formats:

A4 Campaign Poster Landscape (Male) – code A4LM

Landscape poster maleDownload our A4 campaign poster in various formats:

A3 Campaign Poster Landscape (Female) – code A3LF

Download our A3 campaign poster in various formats:

A4 Campaign Poster Landscape (Female) – code A4LF

Download our A4 campaign poster in various formats:

A6 Postcard Landscape (Male) – code A6LM

Landscape poster maleDownload our A6 campaign postcard in various formats:

A6 Campaign Postcard Portrait (Male) – code A6PM

Poster with young male portraitDownload our A6 campaign postcard in various formats:

A6 Postcard Landscape (Female) – code A6LF

Download our A6 campaign postcard in various formats:

A6 Campaign Postcard Portrait (Female) – code A6PF

Download our A6 campaign postcard in various formats:

600x100px Email Footer (Male)

Email Footer ThumbnailDownload our 600x100px campaign email footer:

600x100px Email Footer (Female)

Email Footer ThumbnailDownload our 600x100px campaign email footer:

Campaign Web Buttons

Download our campaign web buttons in various sizes:

Campaign Twibbon

Support this campaign by adding a Twibbon to your profile picture:

  • Visit our Twibbon page to show your support on social media

Campaign Logo

Download and use our campaign logo:

Charter-style campaign logo

Download the Charter-style logo in various colours:

A5 Campaign Supporters Leaflet – code SUPP

Download our A6 campaign supporters leaflet in various formats:

400x50 mm Campaign Gantry Sticker

Gantry StickerDownload our cigarette gantry/display cabinet sticker artwork  in various formats:

Buying tobacco for young people?

Contact us.

If you have any questions on the campaign, or would like to request some of our stock of printed materials, please contact ASH Scotland.

Send us a message

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ASH Scotland
8 Frederick Street
Edinburgh EH2 2HB
Tel: 0131 225 4725
Web: ashscotland.org.uk

For media information please contact 0131 225 4725 or the out-of-hours number on 07776 142 299

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