Pupils in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross supported plans for tobacco-free schools, coinciding with World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2019.
Children and young people want a smoke-free future and local schools are working to create a tobacco-free generation with the support of NHS Tayside Early Years and Young People Team and Ash Scotland.
A motivated group of young people from Harris Academy in Dundee are encouraging their peers to support the move to become smoke-free.
Arbroath Academy pupils have received training in smoking prevention and asked fellow pupils, parents, carers and staff their view on smoking in and around their environment. This feedback will help the school with further interventions in this area.
St John’s Academy in Perth has trained 20 young people in tobacco prevention this year and is also working towards achieving smoke-free status.
Early Years and Young People team leader Kerry Dalgetty said, “Every day in Scotland, the equivalent of a classroom of under 16s take up smoking, approximately 13,000 young people per year.
“Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of ill health and by aiming to be smoke-free, schools in Tayside can support young people to make confident, responsible, effective decisions about their health and wellbeing.”
Schools wishing to find out more about becoming smoke-free can contact the team on 01382 424054.