The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held its 2017 AGM on 18 July 2017. The APPG elected the following Members as Officers:
Bob Blackman MP
Ian Mearns MP
Dr Philippa Whitford MP
Rt Hon Sir Kevin Baron MP
The APPG held its AGM on Tuesday 18th October in Dining Room 2, re-electing the following Members as Officers:
Bob Blackman MP
Ian Mearns MP
• Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP
• Baroness Finlay
• Lord Rennard
• Baroness O’Cathain
• Lord Faulkner
This was followed by a reception hosted by Bob Blackman MP from 16.15 – 18.00 at the House of Commons to launch ASH’s new report on tobacco retailing, Counter Arguments.
APPG launch of The Stolen Years: The Mental Health and Smoking Action Report – 12 April 2016
On 12th April 2016, the APPG hosted a parliamentary launch event for ASH’s new report on smoking and mental health. People with mental health conditions die 10-20 years earlier than the general population and smoking is the single largest reason for this gap in life expectancy. The report entitled The Stolen Years: The smoking and mental health action report, which was produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Rethink Mental Illness and others, is a call to action for people working across public health and mental health services to do more to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking.
The meeting was chaired by the Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG.
– Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Chair of the report working group
– Rachel Schofield, Expert by experience
– Dr Peter Byrne, Royal College of Psychiatrists
– Samantha Nicklin, Rethink Mental Illness
– Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Well-being, Public Health England
To view a full copy of the report here.
Electronic Cigarettes: Gateway to Addiction or Cessation? Developing an APPG Position – 10 June 2014
On 10 June 2014, the APPG hosted a meeting on electronic cigarettes in partnership with the APPGs on Pharmacy and Heart Disease. Electronic cigarette use in the UK has tripled over the last few years and the purpose of the meeting was to inform the positions of the APPGs going forward and to give Members the opportunity to ask questions of experts in the field. (FAQ on electronic cigarettes)
The meeting was chaired by Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP (Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health) and Kevin Barron MP (Chair of the APPG on Pharmacy and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health).
– Rob Darracott, Chief Executive, Pharmacy Voice (handout)
– Professor Robert West, University College London (handout)
– Professor David Walker, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
– Rebecca Taylor, Former MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber
– Sarah Jakes, E-Cigarette Consumer Association of the UK
– Jeremy Mean, Deputy Director, Tobacco Control and Responsibility Deal, Department of Health (handout)
Following the meeting, Paul Burstow MP, Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, and Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the APPG on Pharmacy and Vice Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, sent a letter and a position paper to parliamentary colleagues.
On 11 December 2013, APPG Chair, Paul Burstow MP gave a speech to a meeting of the Department of Health and World Health Organization on the importance of Article 5.3 of the FCTC regarding the protection of public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry.
In October 2012, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held a meeting on harm reduction and the draft NICE guidelines. Experts in the field gave the following presentations (PDFs):
– Smoking and harm reduction in the Tobacco Plan. Tabitha Brufal, Deputy Director, Health Improvement Division, Department of Health
– Tobacco harm reduction: what smokers in England are doing. Professor Robert West and Emma Beard, University College London
– Electronic cigarettes: A review of their efficacy and potential for harm reduction. Dr Maciej Goniewicz, Queen Mary University of London
– Nicotine regulation – the next steps. Jeremy Mean, Group Manager, Access & Information for Medicines & Standards Group, MHRA
– Draft NICE guidance on tobacco harm reduction. Professor Linda Bauld, Chair, NICE PDG and Professor of Socio-Management, Stirling University