We understand that our adult members and supporters have the right to smoke and we recognise that people have a choice.
As an adult in scouting, you are a role model for the young people in your care. Young people are impressionable and will inevitably be influenced by adults’ behaviour – especially that of those whom they respect.
Whilst it is understood that it is not illegal to smoke, scouting is about developing young people, including their health and welfare. As such, smoking in front of scouts of any age must be avoided.
The law also ensures that all scouting premises are smoke-free. This includes premises which are rented on section nights, and also buildings on campsites.
It is important that our adult volunteers do not smoke around young people. Not only does smoking around young people subject them to passive smoking, but it also increases the fire risk. If you do smoke, try to refrain from smoking during a section meeting or in scout uniform. The majority of section meetings run for two hours or less and any adult should be able to refrain from smoking for such a short period of time.
We all have a responsibility to make sure we offer scouting to young people in a safe environment. The well-being of the young people is paramount and we must ensure that no young person is subjected to tobacco smoke. Smoking during scouting activities or evening meetings by our youth members over the age of 18 should be discouraged.
Further guidance can be found on the national site here.