Parental smoking

Glasgow has one of the highest proportions of schoolchildren who report that at least one of their parents smokes on a daily basis. This proportion has fallen since a similar survey was carried out in 2010 from 45% to 37%. Whilst the impact of parental smoking will vary depending on family and housing circumstances this indicates that a significant proportion of Glasgow’s young people are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke.

The level of parental smoking in Glasgow is similar to Dundee (36%) but higher than in Edinburgh (22%) and Aberdeen (32%), and the Scottish average (30%).

Percentage of secondary school pupils with a parent who smokes, selected Scottish citiesParental smoking SC 2013 

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Across the Glasgow and Clyde Valley region, Glasgow has the second highest level of parental smoking (37%). This is more than twice the level reported in East Renfrewshire (18%).

Percentage of secondary school pupils with a parent who smokes, Glasgow and Clyde Valley local authoritiesParental smoking GCV 2013

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 The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) is part of a long established series of national surveys on smoking, drinking and drug use. The survey is conducted on a biennial basis, targeting secondary school pupils in local authority and independent schools.