Tobacco-free Schools Pack

Our tobacco-free schools pack is a free resource available for secondary schools.

This resource pack is for teachers and other professionals working with young people in secondary schools. It’s designed to

  • Support you to deliver high quality education on tobacco issues and help equip young people to make confident and responsible decisions on smoking, vaping and their health and wellbeing.
  • Provide you with all the facts, materials and resources you need to feel confident to deliver effective tobacco prevention education.
  • Enhance the skills that young people develop by engaging in activities that are designed to inspire confidence, self-esteem, resilience and decision making skills. These skills are transferable to many other issues including substance misuse, alcohol, sexual health and navigating transitions.
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How to use the activities

The Tobacco-free Schools Pack consists of the Activities Bank featuring 28 activities on 11 different topics such as vaping, building confidence, responsibility, mental health and the cost of smoking.

In each activity there is a section which tells you what you'll need for the students to take part. This will include the resources which have a code to help you identify it. There are 11 folders of these resources organised by theme that are included in the download of the activity pack.


This section tells you which resource accompanies the activity.

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You can find the resource in the download - use the theme heading and code to identify it!

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You're now ready to tackle the activity with your students!

Consistency between what is taught and what is experienced in the school environment is key to success. Think about developing a smoke-free school policy that reinforces smoke-free messages.


Curriculum for excellence

The health and wellbeing focus in Curriculum for Excellence emphasises schools' responsibilities to promote healthy choices and embed supportive health and wellbeing messages across curriculum areas.

By introducing tobacco prevention messages more broadly across the curriculum, young people will feel supported to make informed and balanced decisions about their health.

  • I am developing a range of skills which can support decision making about substance I can demonstrate strategies for making informed choices to maintain and improve my health and wellbeing and can apply these in situations that may be stressful or challenging, or involve peer pressure. HWB 3-40a / HWB4-40a
  • I know how to access information and support for substance-related issues. HWB 3-40b / HWB 4-40b
  • After assessing options and the consequences of my decisions, I can identify safe and unsafe behaviours and HWB 3-41a / HWB 4-41a
  • I understand the impact that ongoing misuse of substances can have on a person's health, future life choices and options. HWB 3-43a / HWB 4-43a
  • I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible. HWB 0-16a / HWB 1-16a / HWB 2-16a / HWB 3-16a / HWB 4-16a
  • I understand the positive effects that some substances can have on the mind and body but I am also aware of the negative and serious physical, mental, emotional, social and legal consequences of the misuse of substances. HWB 3-38a / HWB 4-38a
  • When I engage with others, I can make a relevant contribution, encourage others to contribute and acknowledge that they have the right to hold a different opinion. I can respond in ways appropriate to my role and use contributions to reflect on, clarify or adapt thinking. LIT 3-02a / LIT 4-02a
  • I am developing confidence when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning. I can communicate in a clear, expressive way and I am learning to select and organise resources independently. LIT 2-10a / LIT 3-10a


eLearning resources

You can also access our Tobacco-free Activity Pack on our e-learning site.

You'll find other resources, such as training modules on vaping and young people, and young people and tobacco.

Why not get the school involved in our latest campaign? Students could write to their General Election candidates and raise awareness of vape marketing and advertising targeted at young people.