Council becomes the 250th organisation in Scotland to support a Tobacco-free Generation

Press release published on behalf of ASH Scotland.

Council Leader Adam McVey was today proud to declare endorsement of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation. The City of Edinburgh Council is the latest Local Authority to pledge its support for this initiative after a motion was proposed and passed, following East Dunbartonshire Council, Highland Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Fife Council, who have also endorsed the Charter.

ASH Scotland

The Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is an initiative from health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland to help deliver a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034. The Charter has six key principles that encourage organisations to pledge how they can contribute to the tobacco-free goal. City of Edinburgh Council is joining an esteemed list of 249 organisations that have already backed the Charter including Wester Hailes Education Centre, the Royal High School, Liberton After School Club, The Junction and Citadel Youth Centre.

This move to endorse the Charter highlights Edinburgh’s forward-thinking policy in relation to tobacco. Councillor Adam McVey emphasised the cross party support generated by the Charter in keeping with the Council’s aim of encouraging the whole community to help reduce the harm caused by tobacco.

Cllr Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council Leader said: “I’m delighted to endorse Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council, after a motion from Cllr Melanie Main was passed with cross-party support.

“We have pledged to support our young people and our staff to make the tobacco-free generation a reality, and we will promote the Charter and ASH Scotland’s #notafavour campaign to promote a change in culture around tobacco and smoking in our communities across the city.”

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:“Scotland has a vision of putting smoking out of fashion for the next generation, with fewer than 5% of the population still smoking by 2034. The Charter is proving an effective way to align organisations in the fight against tobacco and the harmful effects it has on children and young people.

“I’m delighted to welcome City of Edinburgh Council as the 250th charter signatory to join us in our work towards a generation free from tobacco. We’re encouraging organisations and people in all walks of life to get behind this initiative and make a big difference for Scotland’s health.”



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