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Early Years Scotland signs-up to tobacco free Charter

Posted in News on Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Early Years Scotland signs-up to tobacco free Charter

Early Years Scotland has signed up to Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco Free Generation.

The Charter is aimed at organisations whose work directly or indirectly impacts on children, young people and families.

The aim of Scotland's Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is to:

  • inspire organisations to take action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco;
  • raise awareness of the goal of creating a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034 and the Scottish Government’s tobacco control strategy and;
  • support organisations whose work impacts on children, young people and families.

The Charter has six key principles that encourage discussion and enable organisations to examine how their own policy and practice can best contribute to the tobacco-free goal:

  1. every baby should be born free from the harmful effects of tobacco;
  2. children have a particular need for a smoke-free environment;
  3. all children should play, learn and socialise in places that are free from tobacco;
  4. every child has the right to effective education that equips them to make informed positive choices on tobacco and health;
  5. all young people should be protected from commercial interests which profit from recruiting new smokers;
  6. any young person who smokes should be offered accessible support to help them to become tobacco-free.

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