Anti-youth smok­ing ini­tia­tive ap­plauded

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today -

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.

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