Most people are aware of the risks of tobacco use. Young people are often aware of these risks but these do not always seem 'real' enough to put them off smoking.
Many young people assume they will be able to stop smoking whenever they choose, but smoking is highly addictive. By the time the young person understands the risks many will find it very difficult to stop smoking.
3% of 13 year olds and 13% of 15 year olds are regular smokers
(taken from 2010 SALSUS survey)
A stop smoking advisor who has been specially trained in helping smokers to stop successfully will give you advice on how to stop smoking, and will discuss nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) if appropriate. Different support sessions are available in different areas so it is best to contact your local area to find out what help is available.
If you feel that you are ready to stop smoking you can find out your local contact details via our service search or alternatively through the W-West website.
Here are some tips on quitting to help you through:
Ready to quit - youth cessation app
Are you trying to quit smoking?
Are you Ready 2 Quit?
Smoking Cessation Toolkit for Young People: A toolkit for practioners
This toolkit was developed by Glasgow Community Health Partnership (CHP) North West on behalf of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Youth Tobacco Action Group. The toolkit was developed to help support trained stop smoking advisors to deliver interventions that support a young person in their quit attempt.
The site is led by young people for young people and is Scotland's first pro choice information group. It aims to provide you with easy access to the real facts about smoking, so that you can decide what is best for you.
Information on our prevention programmes in primary and secondary schools can be found by clicking here.
Developing Tobacco Policies for Youth Projects - Guidance and support for implementing smoke-free policies
ASH Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services have developed a tobacco policy support guide for voluntary sector organisations and groups that work with young people.
The tobacco policy guide aims to encourage and support organisations to extend their tobacco policies beyond simply stating where staff and young people can and cannot smoke and instead focus on:
The guidance document can be downloaded below:
Glasgow Girls Football Team U17'S
As part of our ongoing committment in engaging with youth based activities within the
Please find below some links to other relevant websites:
Wholetruth - students working against tobacco. Official page of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) contains facts and resources for teenagers engaged in the fight against Big Tobacco.
Kids against tobacco smoke. Facts and games to help kids stop smoking. Learn about cancer, nicotine and the effect of smoke and join the Kids Against Tobacco Smoking campaign.
Badvertising Institute. The folks of the BADvertising Institute doctor-up tobacco ads to make them honest. The "badavertisements" can be found scattered around the site, or visit the gallery.
SmokeScreeners. Since young people are frequent moviegoers, they are consequently being exposed to unrealistic smoking scenarios on a regular basis. Smokescreeners is a video that illustrates how movies and television glamorise smoking.
Tobacco Word Search
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention