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Briefings



The ASH Briefings provide supporting evidence for a range of tobacco control measures.

Key dates in the history of anti-tobacco campaigning


A chronology of tobacco control events from early history to the modern day.

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Briefing: Impact of “Brexit” on UK Tobacco Control legislation


A briefing summarising the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on tobacco control laws.

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ASH Briefing on Standardised Tobacco Packaging


Tobacco packaging has become one of the tobacco industry’s leading promotional tools. Research suggests that standardised packaging would increase the impact of health warnings, reduce false and misleading messages that one type of cigarette is less harmful than another, and reduce the attractiveness of smoking to young people.  

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Changes to tobacco regulations 2016


A short guide to tobacco regulations that are due to be implemented in 2016/17.

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The impact of the EU Tobacco Products Directive on e-cigarette regulation in the UK


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Joint briefing: Managing nicotine withdrawal in police custody


This joint briefing by ASH, NCSCT and PHE is designed for police custody officers. Its purpose is to share good practice around managing nicotine withdrawal of detainees whilst they are in police custody.

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Briefing: Smoking and surgery


This document was created by ASH in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Public Health. It was endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It has been designed for health professionals and […]

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Managing nicotine withdrawal in police custody


This briefing is designed for police custody officers. Its purpose is to share good practice around managing nicotine withdrawal of detainees whilst they are in police custody.

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ASH Briefing: Health inequalities and smoking


This briefing explains why smoking is a major contributory factor and what can be done to reduce health inequalities caused by smoking.

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UK Tobacco Control Policy and Expenditure: An overview


Health policy is largely formulated and implemented by the devolved administrations of each of the member countries of the United Kingdom. However, as tobacco falls within the remit of a number of different government departments: e.g. Treasury, Business, HMRC as well as Health, tobacco control policy is partly determined at UK-wide level and partly by […]

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ASH Briefing on electronic cigarettes


Electronic cigarettes are marketed as a cheaper, safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. As they do not produce smoke, research suggests that electronic cigarettes are relatively harmless in comparison with smoking.

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ASH Briefing: Developing a policy on contact with the tobacco industry


A briefing for Local Authorities to help them meet their obligations as parties to the World Health Organization treaty on tobacco, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC – article 5.3) and to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.

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Foster care, adoption and smoking


A joint briefing from ASH and the Fostering Network. Jan. 2016

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Will you permit or prohibit e-cigarette use on your premises?


This briefing has been produced by ASH and CIEH following approaches by organisations considering permitting or prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes by their staff, clients or customers, or generally on their premises.  

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lllicit Tobacco: What is the tobacco industry trying to do?


ASH Briefing –  Illicit Tobacco: What is the tobacco industry trying to do? Produced for World No Tobacco Day, May 2015, the briefing reports on the tobacco industry’s conflicting positions on the illicit trade.

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