Community Links Award

Community Links were proud to be one of nine organisations across Scotland recognised in an award ceremony for their work in support of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation. They joined a range of organisations who were commended on the outstanding contributions they have been making to reduce the harm caused by tobacco in their communities. 

The Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation is an initiative from health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland to help deliver a tobacco-free generation of Scots by 2034. The Charter has six key principles that encourage organisations to pledge how they can contribute to the tobacco-free goal. 

Community Links (South Lanarkshire) are Supporters of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation. They have been working closely with NHS Lanarkshire to help raise awareness around smoking and second-hand smoke with the local communities. Community Links have been helping to create opportunities for parents to learn about the risks of smoking and second-hand smoke. Most recently, they have worked in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire to develop smoke-activated voice pods located at the main entrance to Monklands hospital – reminding smokers of the consequences in health and legalities. The key messages were created and recorded by young people from Bellshill and Mossend YMCA using their own voices and innovative messages to catch people’s attention. 

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said:

“Scotland has a vision of putting smoking out of fashion for the next generation, with fewer than 5% of the population still smoking by 2034. The Charter is proving an effective way to align organisations in the fight against tobacco and particularly the harmful effects it has on children and young people.” 

“I’m delighted to present Community Links with a Charter Award to recognise their significant positive contributions in support of the Charter principles. Each step an organisation takes, furthers Scotland’s progress towards a generation free from tobacco. 

Paul Hayward, Communications Officer for Community Links, said: 

“We are delighted to be receiving this award and being recognised for the work we have done. At Community Links, we are aware of our responsibility to the communities we serve. Over the last 8 years – and in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire – we’ve carried out numerous innovative campaigns and activities to inform, educate and prevent the harmful effects of smoking. It is important for us that every adult, whether they are a smoker or not, can ensure that all children are protected from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. We would like to thank NHS Lanarkshire for their continued support, as well as Bellshill and Mossend YMCA for contributing to the project. Looking to the future, we will continue to encourage and support our local communities towards a smoke-free Scotland.”

For more information about Community Links, please call (01698) 827583, email: or visit their Facebook Page: For further information about the Charter, please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or Out of hours mobile 07776 142 299,

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