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Understanding tobacco and the impact nicotine addiction can have on young people both now and in the future will help you feel more confident in having conversations and incorporating this important issue within your practice. We have developed a range of learning resources to help you find out more. 

Blog posts

To understand more about tobacco and the impact it can have on young people read our range of blog posts:

The role youth work plays in helping young people to stay smoke-free.

Helping young people to develop healthy coping mechanisms for life transitions.

Learn more about the socio-economic circumstances that lead to smoking as an unhealthy coping mechanism and why prevention and early intervention are important.

Choices for life discuss the implications of young people buying tobacco and alcohol for other young people and how this isn’t doing them a favour.

To mark World No Tobacco Day 2020, ASH Scotland and Choices for Life highlighted ways that the tobacco industry targets young people.


ASH Scotland offer a range of free e-learning modules. This includes Understanding Tobacco, a brief 30 minute course for anyone interested in finding out more about smoking and tobacco. It provides a brief look at tobacco, nicotine cravings, available support and nicotine replacement therapy.


Confused about e-cigarettes? For simple, practical guidance on how organisations engaging with young people can respond to the growing interest in, and presence of, e-cigarette devices see our briefing. It’s just two pages long and available here.

Fast facts

Why not make use of our Fast Facts, which provide you with short summaries of the latest evidence on a range of smoking-related topics.

Local training and resources

There may also be training and resources available from your local NHS Health Board, designed to support tobacco prevention activities and stop smoking support.

If you are interested in finding out more about the support that your local Health Board can offer in your area, contact us via enquiries@ashscotland.org.uk or on 0131 225 4725 and let us help you make the link. 

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