NHS Ayrshire and Arran become the first board to go tobacco free

Chief Executive, John Burns, signs on the dotted line to declare NHS Ayrshire and Arran as the first NHS territorial board to sign up to Scotland's Charter for a tobacco-free generation with Dr Carol Davidson, Director of Public Health.

Chief Executive, John Burns, signs on the dotted line to declare NHS Ayrshire and Arran as the first NHS territorial board to sign up to Scotland's Charter for a tobacco-free generation with Dr Carol Davidson, Director of Public Health.

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NHS Ayrshire and Arran is the first area NHS board in Scotland to endorse Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.

The Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is a new initiative from health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland in response to the Scottish Government’s goal of creating a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034.

The Charter has six key principles that encourage organisations to examine how they can best contribute to the tobacco-free goal.

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Scotland has a vision of making smoking unfashionable, with fewer than five percent of the population still smoking by 2034.

“It’s a compelling vision and one worth striving for.

“If we all work on this, the children who are just going into nursery school now can be the first generation to grow up free from the harm caused by tobacco.

“ASH Scotland welcomes NHS Ayrshire and Arran in joining us in our work towards a generation free from tobacco.”

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is joining a list of national organisations which have already backed the Charter including Children 1st, British Lung Foundation, British Heart Foundation, Aberlour Childcare Trust, and the Scottish Cot Death Trust.

Currently, patients who smoke and have to stay in hospital are visited by a Fresh Air-shire advisor.

These specially trained advisors are able to assist patients in managing their smoking while they are in hospital.

This may involve being prescribed Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for abstinence while in the hospital, or being given further NRT, advice and support to stop smoking after the patient is discharged from hospital.

Fresh Air-shire, NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s smoking cessation team, also provide support for people in local communities.

Regular drop-in clinics are held throughout Ayrshire, making it easier for people to get help and support to quit.

A telephone support helpline is also available.

John Burns, Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said:“We fully support the key Charter principles which aim to create a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034.

“Our Fresh Air-shire team work in nurseries, schools, further education, workplaces, GP practices, prisons, hospitals and community venues to offer support and advice in relation to all aspects of tobacco control, that is, prevention, cessation and protection.”

To talk about any aspect of smoking, call free on 0800 783 9132, or email freshairshire@aapct.scot.nhs.uk.