Please find below a range of resources to support you in engaging clients around smoking and mental health. If you require anything further please contact ASH Scotland.

IMPACT Guidance

The core IMPACT document supporting practitioners in engaging clients on smoking and mental health

Effect of Smoking on Mental Health Medication Video

Smoking and medication.Thanks to the Arizona Smokers Helpline Ashline

Questions to ask

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline checklist of questions to ask your healthcare provider


Benefits of stopping smoking

Our timeline shows how when people quit smoking there are both immediate and long-term benefits

Free stop smoking support

Information on the free NHS stop smoking support available and how to access it

“Reduce the Impact” poster

Poster setting out the timeline for health benefits when stopping smoking

Cost/benefit analysis

A simple worksheet for clients to use in thinking through the pros and cons of smoking


Scaling/open questions

Some examples of open questions you can ask that can enable a discussion about smoking and quitting smoking

Video Case Study

Jim O’Rorke from ASH Scotland recalls not being able to pass-on advice about smoking and mental health

Drugs Affected by Smoking

ASH Scotland poster listing mental health medications that are affected by smoking

Stop smoking medications

NRT to Varenicline, a review of the medications available to support stop smoking attempts

Evidence review: Smoking and Mental Health

A review of the evidence of the links between smoking and mental health by ASH Scotland

Fagerström test for cigarette dependence

A questionnaire that helps to identify if clients are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes

“Know the Impact” poster

Poster reviewing the impact of smoking on various psychotropic medications


Should I try an electronic cigarette?

A simple infographic from ASH Scotland to help clients considering whether to use an e-cigarette


Very Brief Advice on Smoking

A “how to” presentation with notes



A link to the ASH Scotland e-learning suite


Glossary of medications

Brief information on some of the more common psychotropic medications


Smoking Cessation Practitioners - Smoking and Mental Health

A PowerPoint version of the IMPACT face-to-face session. 

National Strategy

The Scottish Government’s ten-year mental health strategy includes aspirations on smoking and mental health

Smoking diary – example

An example of how the smoking diary could look once completed by a client


Smoking diary – blank

A worksheet to help clients record when, how and where they smoke, in order to build up a picture of their smoking behaviours

E-cigarettes Statement

A consensus position produced by various health organizations, including ASH Scotland


Tobacco Information

A link to information on tobacco from ASH Scotland including: statistics, briefings and fast facts


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