Smoking prevention pack aimed at youngsters

A NEW resource pack tasked with highlighting the dangers of smoking to younsgters has been launched this week as part of a joint initiative between Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders.

‘Positive Choices...Smoking Prevention’ was commissioned by the joint health improvement team of the health board and community learning and development at the council as part of the local response to the National Smoking Prevention Action Plan, which aims to reduce the uptake of tobacco smoking amongst young people.

The pack is aimed at teachers, practitioners, youth workers and anyone involved in working with young people over the age of 11 and activities and resources are grouped into three main areas - effects of and use of tobacco, outside influences and health awareness, and self esteem, confidence building and friendship.

Commenting on the launch, Dr Eric Baijal, joint director of public health for NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council said: “This resource pack is one important part of our local approach to preventing smoking and I would urge anyone involved in working with young people to make good use of it.”

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport and community learning at SBC added: “Peer pressure can be difficult to resist and there are still too many young people of high school age being drawn into the cigarette culture. This pack and DVD can be used to help this age group work positively through the choices they will face and will help to give them the confidence to choose not to smoke.”