Scotland's Future is Smoke Free: A Smoking Prevention Action Plan

A smoking prevention Action Plan



Dr Laurence Gruer OBE,
Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland

Dr Amanda Amos,
Reader in Health Promotion, Edinburgh University
Susan Charleston, ASH Scotland
Dr Candace Currie, Director, Child & Adolescent Health Research Unit, Edinburgh University
Mary Cuthbert, Tobacco Control Division, SEHD
Sarah Davidson, Tobacco Control Division, SEHD
Professor James Friend, Past Chair of Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health
Wendy Halliday, Development Manager, Scottish Health Promoting Schools Unit
Professor Gerard Hastings, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Stirling
Michelle Hunt, Health promotion Officer, Ayrshire and Arran Health Board
Ann Kerr, NHS Health Scotland
Katherine McNab, Pupil Support Team, SEED
Mark O'Donnell, ASH Scotland
David Pattison, Public Health Advisor, CMO's office
Brian Pringle, West Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Project/Scottish Tobacco Control Alliance
Professor Patrick West, Head of Youth and Health Programme, Faculty of Medicine,Glasgow University
Gary Wilson, NHS Health Scotland
Cath Young, Health Promotion Manager, NHS Borders

Joyce Whytock,
Tobacco Control Division, SEHD
Nim Kumar, Tobacco Control Division, SEHD



  • To scope current national and local activity aimed at preventing smoking among young people in Scotland since 1999
  • To review the evidence of effectiveness of different approaches to preventing smoking among young people
  • To identify gaps in our knowledge which require to be filled
  • To make recommendations to assist the development of a new long-term integrated smoking prevention strategy.

Specific to the age of purchase

  • To consider in relation to the age of purchase:
  • The significance of the legal age limit in relation to smoking uptake
  • The evidence on this from other countries
  • To make recommendations to Ministers.
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