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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:

4% of 13 year olds and 15% of 15 year olds are regular smokers
49% of 13 year olds and 41% of 15 year olds would like to quit smoking
72% of 13 year olds and 71% of 15 year olds have previously tried to quit smoking
42% of 13 year olds and 57% of 15 years olds buy their cigarettes from shops, despite the legal age being 18

(taken from 2008 SALSUS survey)


Prevention Programmes


Information on our prevention programmes in primary and secondary schools can be found by clicking 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)


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.