Welcome to W-West
W-WEST (Why Waste Everything Smoking Tobacco?) is Scotland’s first ever pro-choice smoking information group led by and for young people. The group aims to give young people the information they need to make choices about smoking.
Funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the group is made up of both smokers and non-smokers. It aims to provide young people with easy access to the real facts about smoking, so that they can decide what is best for them.
Since its launch in June 2009, W-WEST has already made its mark, with appearances on the radio and in the press for both its activities, such as street theatre and street art, and its recognition by national no smoking groups.
By November 2009, W-WEST had been chosen as the recipients of ASH Scotland and The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland’s (REHIS) very first Crofton Award. Named after Sir John and Lady Eileen Crofton, the award was made in recognition of W-WEST’s innovative work in raising awareness of smoking and tobacco with other young people in their communities.
In 2010 W-WEST were nominated in the Health category of the Young Scot Awards, and were one of the runners up in the category. In 2011 W-WEST won the Evening Times Glasgoals award for Best Community Health Project.
Any young person living in Greater Glasgow and Clyde is invited to sign up to W-WEST through its website, www.w-west.org.uk, where they will find a wide range of smoking information, from comic strips to fast facts, as well as being able to view the W-WEST gallery and find local stop smoking support.
There are different ways to get involved with W-WEST! You can: