Anti-youth smoking initiative applauded
A COUNCIL has shown support for a new campaign targeting adults who give cigarettes to children. Aberdeenshire Trading Standards and the Local Tobacco Alliance are backing the #notafavour campaign that hits out at friends, family and other people that most young people may get their tobacco from, who think they are “doing them a favour”.
Wilma Urquhart, Aberdeenshire trading standards manager, said: “We are delighted to help the young people across Aberdeenshire by supporting the #notafavour campaign.
“Most people here wouldn’t dream of buying tobacco for young people, but for those who do, we want to challenge the attitudes and assumptions behind this behaviour. You are most certainly not doing our young people any favours and you can also be fined up to £5,000 if you get caught.”
The campaign has been developed by Action on Smoking and Health Scotland and the Scottish Tobacco-free Alliance, to reduce the 36 young people who take up smoking every day.
SUPPORT: Wilma Urquhart.