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Local Resources

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Created by ASH, the Faculty of Public Health, the Local Government Association, FRESH North East, Healthier Futures and Public Health Action, the Local Toolkit is a set of materials for local public health professionals. The materials

are designed to use with Councillors and other stakeholders to help ensure that tackling tobacco use is high on the local public health agenda.

Together these resources will allow you to:

  • demonstrate the scale of the harm locally caused by tobacco use and the contribution this makes to health inequalities,
  • demonstrate the cost to local communities, local economies and service providers,
  • demonstrate the evidence of effectiveness of local action on tobacco and health, including tobacco control work and local stopsmoking services.

The materials are designed for you easily to integrate local data from local tobacco control profiles and from the ASH Ready Reckoner, a tool for demonstrating the local economic impacts of smoking and tobacco use.

Making the case for strong local tobacco control
This document is designed to help you make the case for evidence based local tobacco control.

Slide Pack
A set of over 20 detailed slides on tobacco issues. The slides are designed for easy inclusion of local data as you compose your own presentations.

Short presentation
A 5-10 minute presentation to give to key local opinion leaders on your councils.

Use of e-cigarettes among adults slide pack
A set of slides on the use of e-cigarettes among adults in Great Britain.

Use of e-cigarettes among young people slide pack
A short slide set presenting data on the use of e-cigarettes by young people in Great Britain.

A series of webinars providing up-to-date information on a range of key topic areas.

Local public opinion
Short digests of public opinion by region on key tobacco issues.

Ready Reckoner tool
Calculate the local costs of smoking with our Ready Reckoner. It’s an easy to use Excel spreadsheet that provides estimates of the local cost of smoking to smokers, the NHS and society at large. The estimates are based on national data and you can see notes on the tool’s methodology here.

Councillors’ briefings
This is a series of short papers for key Councillors including members of Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny Committees.

The Cost to Social Care
ASH commissioned research that estimates the cost of smoking to the social care system.

Making the Case for Mental Health
A set of over 20 slides on smoking and mental health. These slides are designed so you can use them in creating local presentations.

Annual Tobacco Control Report
Cutting Down: The Reality of Budget Cuts to Local Tobacco Control (November 2016)
Reading Between the Lines (January 2016)
Taking a Reading (2015)
Reports written by ASH and commissioned by CRUK, on the impact of public health transition on tobacco control and smoking cessation services in England.

The Future of Local Tobacco Control Conference – Slide Sets
In July 2015, ASH hosted a conference in partnership with the LGA, ADPH and PHE. These slides cover a range of topics relevant to local authorities.

Health Inequalities Resource Pack
A set of materials to help reduce smoking rates among people experiencing health inequalities.

Local tobacco alliance resources
A set of materials to support the development of new tobacco control alliances and provide information for those planning to renew or refresh their alliance.

Deaths caused by smoking each year in England (hi-resolution version)

External Resources

Local tobacco profiles
Local data on key indicators for your PCT and local government areas (external link)

Tobacco plan for England
View a pdf version of Towards a Smokefree Generation: A Tobacco Control Plan for England.

NICE Guidance on Smoking
A collection of public health and clinical guidance on smoking related issues (ASH website).

Public Health England’s JSNA Toolkit
PHE’s JSNA support pack helps local areas develop joint strategic needs assessments and local joint health and wellbeing strategies that effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.

Regional Office and Support Contacts

North East: Fresh

Yorkshire and the Humber: Scott Crosby

If you have any query about these pages, please contact enquiries@ash.org.uk

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