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.
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.
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
A4 Campaign Poster Portrait (Male) – code A4PM
A3 Campaign Poster Portrait (Female) – code A3PF
A4 Campaign Poster Portrait (Female) – code A4PF
A3 Campaign Poster Landscape (Male) – code A3LM
A4 Campaign Poster Landscape (Male) – code A4LM
A3 Campaign Poster Landscape (Female) – code A3LF
A4 Campaign Poster Landscape (Female) – code A4LF
A6 Postcard Landscape (Male) – code A6LM
A6 Campaign Postcard Portrait (Male) – code A6PM
A6 Postcard Landscape (Female) – code A6LF
A6 Campaign Postcard Portrait (Female) – code A6PF
A5 Campaign Supporters Leaflet – code SUPP
400x50 mm Campaign Gantry Sticker
A5 ‘Why Did We Refuse To Sell’ Flyer
Buying tobacco for young people?
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
8 Frederick Street
Edinburgh EH2 2HB
Tel: 0131 225 4725
For media information please contact 0131 225 4725 or the out-of-hours number on 07776 142 299
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.