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Young People

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.

There are many factors which can lead a young person to start smoking.  Some of these are: rwc1078.jpg - 5.02 Kb

  • Curiosity
  • The perception of smoking being the norm
  • Parents, brothers and sisters, and friends smoking
  • Socio-economic status
  • Self esteem
  • Availability of tobacco
  • Promotion of tobacco

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.

The facts:

3% of 13 year olds and 13% of 15 year olds are regular smokers
40% of 13 year olds and 42% of 15 year olds would like to quit smoking
65% of 13 year olds and 65% of 15 year olds have previously tried to quit smoking
46% of 13 year olds and 54% of 15 years olds buy their cigarettes from shops, despite the legal age being 18

(taken from 2010 SALSUS survey)


Butt Out

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:

  • Make a quit date.
  • Mark it on your calendar or in your diary.
  • Make a list of all the benefits you will get by giving up e.g. more money for other things, less wrinkles, you'll smell better and there's less chance of getting an incurable disease.
  • Prepare to throw away anything associated with your smoking e.g. lighters, cigarette case etc.
  • Ask a good friend to help you give up. Stopping with a friend will increase your chances of quitting.
  • Take up or prepare to take up a new hobby/pastime/activity eg join a gym and get fit or start cycling, go fishing or have regular beauty treatments.
  • Plan ways in which you will cope with any cravings eg eat more fruit, read a book, chew a piece of gum, drink more water.
  • Plan to reward yourself with something nice using the money you save from not smoking.
  • Practice ways of refusing cigarettes from friends or at parties etc.
  • Then Quit!



Ready to quit - youth cessation app


Are you trying to quit smoking?

Would you like some motivation in your pocket?

Download our new app, R2Q, for your iOS or Android mobile phone.

R2Q features:

  • Calculates how much money you’ve saved
  • Shows the health benefits of quitting as time passes
  • Tips to help you quit and stay quit
  • Facebook and Twitter sharing
  • In app community forum
  • Find your nearest Stop Smoking Service

Are you Ready 2 Quit?

Download for iOS here & Android here


Find out more details here:


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. 

icon Smoking Cessation Toolkit for Young People (2.57 MB)


Prevention Programmes



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: 

  • a plan for how organisations address tobacco use including staff smoking behaviour as well as cultural and contextual changes such as health promotion e.g. smoke-free events;
  • clarity on the short and long term effects of smoking to young people and staff, including reinforcing messages concerning the addictiveness and health risks associated with smoking and secondhand smoke;
  • tobacco education to reduce the perception that smoking and tobacco use is the norm;
  • ensuring that stop smoking support is included and provided as a key component of the tobacco policy for each organisation.

 The guidance document can be downloaded below:

icon Developing Tobacco Policies


Glasgow Girls Football Team U17'S

As part of our ongoing committment in engaging with youth based activities within the
local community, Smokefree Services is proud to be the sponsor of the home and away
strip of the U-17 Glasgow Girls Football Club.

Click here to read more about the Club and its successes.


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.

Other sites:

Tobacco Word Search

Tobacco Quiz

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention






Quitting Smoking

Link to Quitting Smoking

Other Tobacco Issues