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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services, ASH Scotland. (2018) The role of stopping smoking in money advice – putting health and economic benefits together. Glasgow: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services and ASH Scotland.

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Many individuals accessing money and debt advice services will be low income earners or from vulnerable groups experiencing poor mental health, unemployment or those experiencing health and economic inequalities. Almost half of adults who are permanently sick or disabled (48%) or unemployed and seeking work (46%) are current smokers.

The expertise within these settings provides an opportunity for:
• raising awareness about the financial impact of smoking and the savings that can be made by stopping smoking
• widening engagement with local stop smoking services for those interested in stopping smoking.

Between 2014 and 2016 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and ASH Scotland worked together on a pilot to evaluate the potential role that money advice services can play in raising the issue of smoking. The pilot centred on providing tailored training on tobacco and smoking issues to money advice staff across five Health and Social Care Partnership areas in East Renfrewshire, South Glasgow, Glasgow East, North West Glasgow and Renfrewshire. Following the training evaluation we returned to interview staff, managers and clients to identify their perceptions of the change, the impact achieved and any barriers they encountered. A report was published. Based on the recommendations from the report ASH Scotland developed a new innovative resource for money advice organisations so that they are able to positively engage with service users on smoking issues and the financial implications of smoking and make people more aware of the sources of support available to them should they wish to quit.

Through our 'Smoking and Money Advice Project' we are engaging with money advice organisations, poverty related groups, foodbanks and any community group who provide financial advice as part of the support they provide in Scotland to promote these materials. We hope that the organisations that trial these resources will be able to provide us with valuable feedback on whether more people enquired about quitting smoking when seeing the packs, whether they took active steps to quit as result of the promotion materials in order to save money and also alert us to any barriers that were encountered in engaging these inequalities groups.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Treatment method
Date
April 2018
Pages
65 p.
Publisher
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services and ASH Scotland
Corporate Creators
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree Services, ASH Scotland
Place of Publication
Glasgow
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