Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner, is backing calls for children to play, learn and socialise in places where there is no smoking.
Having children spend time in smoke-free spaces is not just a matter of creating safe, healthy environments for them, it means they are less likely to take up smoking themselves when they grow up.
That is why the Commissioner has agreed to be named as a Champion for Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation – a set of six principles to help the next generation grow up without the health
The Charter has been produced by health campaign ASH Scotland, and has now been signed by over 170 organisations, including Early Years Scotland, each pledging to do what they can to help bring about a tobacco-free generation. The Commissioner will act as Champion for principle number 3:
“All children should play, learn and socialise in places that are free from tobacco”
Bruce Adamson said: “There is a momentum in Scotland to ensure that the next generation will be the first to grow up without any pressure or expectation that they will take up smoking.
“In 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended – with reference to the right of the child to rest, leisure, play – that we need to ensure access to safe, inclusive, smoke-free places for play.
“The Charter is an important tool that the whole of civic Scotland can use to help change our smoking culture and help put smoking out of sight and out of mind, for our children’s future health. I am proud to support this initiative.”
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Bruce is a committed and effective advocate of children’s rights. I am delighted to welcome him as our first Charter Champion.
“Every day in Scotland, thirty six 11-15 year olds try smoking, and for many this leads on to an unwilling, life-long addiction.
“We want the choice to grow up and remain smoke-free in Scotland to be a natural one, and smoke-free environments are part of helping Scotland to achieve this.”
See Bruce Adamson interviewed by Sheila Duffy about his support for Principle 3 here
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