The Smoke Free Homes and Zones Project

Hi! My name is Laura Sharp, I am the Project Officer responsible for the Smoke Free Homes and Zones Project which I have overseen since joining the Fast Forward team in July 2014. The Smoke Free Homes and Zones Project is funded by NHS Lothian and focuses on engaging with Primary School across the City…

Fast Forward to 2034… not just any 2034… but a tobacco-free 2034!

Hi, I’m Alastair, not just any Alastair, but Fast Forward’s Chief Executive Officer. Fast Forward and SPEN have a long track-record in delivering exciting projects to support tobacco education and prevention work with young people and those who work with them. We are working towards helping to create a tobacco-free generation through partnership and collaboration…

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Seven maps that will change how you think about big tobacco

Tobacco remains a major cause of many of the world’s main killer diseases, including cardiovascular and lung disease, and it’s estimated that if current trends continue then tobacco-related deaths in the 21st century will number 1 billion. In the Tobacco Atlas, the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society have compiled almost everything you need…

Breaking our 40 a day habit

Originally posted on YouthLink Scotland:
Ash Scotland discuss why we still have some way to go to prevent young people from taking up the tobacco habit and how youth work has a vital role to play. Approximately 15,000 young people in Scotland start to smoke each year. That’s 40 a day. Almost two-thirds of smokers in…

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Scottish youth work resources launched for Tobacco-Free Generation

Five Scottish youth work charities have been working together to launch brand new online platform ‘Tobacco-Free Generation’, a one-stop-shop for youth workers seeking resources and information on tobacco prevention in Scotland. The charities, which include ASH Scotland, Youth Scotland, Youthlink Scotland, Young Scot and Fast Forward, identified the need for youth-work-specific work to be done as part…

9 things you wanted to know about plain packaging…

…but didn’t want to look stupid asking in front of your colleagues 1. What is plain packaging? It basically means cigarette packs where all colours and branding are removed, and replaced by a ‘drab’ colour like olive green or grey. The manufacturer’s name would be printed on the front in a plain, uniform font and…