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Smoke-free Scouting

This page looks at the issues that smoking raises in Scouting, both for adults and young people. It explains how The Scout Association's Safety Policy relates to smoking, provides some facts and offers guidance.


Thanks to hard-hitting government advertising and prominent health warnings on cigarette packets there can be few who are not aware of the harmful effects of smoking.

The guidance is not about the rights and wrongs of smoking, but aims instead to offer information and stimulate discussions among leadership teams. It is hoped that this will allow you to make sensible and informed decisions at local level.

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