Board is back­ing char­ter

Smoke free plans

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff Reporter

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang could be­come smoke free towns if the health board cov­er­ing the area has their way.

NHS La­nark­shire have re­vealed plans to make the re­gion to­bacco free by en­cour­ag­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple to re­sist the urge to smoke.

They have be­come one of the first health boards in Scot­land to sign Scot­land’s ‘Char­ter for a To­bacco Free Gen­er­a­tion’, which aims to en­sure that all chil­dren and young peo­ple are not ex­posed to the harm­ful ef­fects of to­bacco by 2034.

The ini­tia­tive is pro­moted by the health char­ity Ac­tion on Smok­ing and Health (ASH) Scot­land.

NHS La­nark­shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Calum Camp­bell said: “Our work al­ready fo­cuses on the key char­ter prin­ci­ples, so we were more than happy to sign up and en­cour­age oth­ers to sup­port ev­ery baby be­ing free from the harm­ful ef­fects of to­bacco, en­sur­ing chil­dren can play, learn and so­cialise in places that are free from to­bacco, chil­dren hav­ing ac­cess to ef­fec­tive education and young peo­ple be­ing of­fered sup­port to help them be­come to­bacco free.”

As­sis­tant health pro­mo­tion man­ager El­speth Rus­sell, added: “We have made good progress in La­nark­shire over the years by help­ing peo­ple to quit, pro­mot­ing the dan­gers of se­cond hand smoke, and en­cour­ag­ing more young peo­ple to choose not to take it up in the first place.”

Visit www. ash­scot­land. org.uk/char­ter .

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