The Local Toolkit is a set of materials for local public health professionals involved in tobacco control. It was created by ASH, the Faculty of Public Health, the Local Government Association and Fresh. The materials are designed for 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:
Making the case for strong local tobacco control
This document is designed to help you make the case for evidence based local tobacco control.
Ready Reckoner tool 2018
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.
Reports written by ASH and commissioned by Cancer Research UK on the state of funding for, and provision of, tobacco control measures and smoking cessation services in England.
This is a series of short papers for key Councillors including members of Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny Committees.
Health Inequalities Resource Pack
A set of materials to help reduce smoking rates among people experiencing health inequalities.
FCTC Article 5.3 toolkit
A set of materials to help you protect public health policies from the influence of the tobacco industry.
The Cost to Social Care
ASH commissioned research that estimates the cost of smoking to the social care system.
Local public opinion
Short digests of public opinion by region on key tobacco issues.
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.
A series of webinars providing up-to-date information on a range of key topic areas.
Presentations and slide packs
ASH presentations on key reports and topics and slide decks for you to use and adapt to share key tobacco control messaging.
Deaths caused by smoking each year in England.
Local tobacco control profiles
Local data on key indicators and trends for your local area by Public Health England.
Tobacco Control Plan for England
View a pdf version of Towards a Smokefree Generation: A Tobacco Control Plan for England.
NICE Guidance on Smoking
A collation of public health and clinical guidance on smoking related issues.
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 Support Contacts
North East: Fresh
Yorkshire and the Humber: Breath 2025
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Click on the links below to download short briefings (pdf) for councillors on key issues in tobacco policy. Each briefing sets out the problem and points towards action councils can take to put things right. The challenge Making the case for local tobacco control This short briefing provides local councillors with the information they […]Read More
About the reports These reports are written by ASH and commissioned by Cancer Research UK. They look at the state of funding for, and provision of, tobacco control measures and smoking cessation services in England. The reports set out the results from surveys of tobacco control leads from the 152 local authorities in England with responsibility for […]Read More
Background The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world’s first global health treaty. It is designed to help countries work to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. Article 5.3 is a key element of the treaty. It is intended to protect public health policy from the influence of the tobacco industry. […]Read More
On 13 November 2017, the Mental Health & Smoking Partnership hosted a webinar on the use of e-cigarettes among people with a mental health condition. The webinar featured presentations from Dr Debbie Robson who gave an overview of harm reduction and the evidence around e-cigarettes, then Louise Ross on harm reduction in the community, followed […]Read More
ASH presentations and powerpoint briefings APPG on Smoking and Health 2019 report – An overview of the recommendations made in the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health’s 2019 report Delivering the vision of a ‘Smokefree Generation’, with a focus on recommendations which would have a direct impact on local authorities across England. […]Read More
This Mental Health and Smoking Partnership webinar examines implementation of smokefree policies in mental health settings, including case studies from trusts, an overview of NICE Guidance PH48 and recommendations from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Other resources The Stolen Years: The mental health and smoking action report NICE Guidance PH48: Smoking: acute, maternity and […]Read More
Allan Gregory from Public Health England presents on PHE’s ‘Menu of Preventative Interventions’ and the support available for putting policy into practice followed by Dr Louise Restrick, Integrated Consultant Respiratory Physician, Whittington Health and Islington CCG, presenting on the need for clinicians to identify and treat tobacco dependence. Other resources: Public Health England: Menu of […]Read More
Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Stirling provides an update on the latest evidence about the use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy, which is followed by a question and answer session with experts from Public Health England, the Royal College of Midwives and Improving Performance in Practice. Other resources: Use of electronic cigarettes in […]Read More
This webinar on tobacco enforcement, recorded on 08 February 2017, includes an overview of enforcement areas following changes to legislation, case studies from London and County Durham and an update on licensing including ASH’s report Counter Arguments. Other resources: ASH Briefing on Standardised Tobacco Packaging Changes to tobacco regulations 2016 Q&ARead More
In this webinar, recorded on 06 April 2016, Professor Amanda Amos from the University of Edinburgh and Martin Dockrell from Public Health England present an overview of the evidence on smoking and health inequalities and what actions can be taken to drive down inequalities. Other resources: Health Inequalities Resource Pack ASH Briefing: Health inequalities and […]Read More
ASH runs a series of webinars to provide local and national professionals working in tobacco control with up to date information and resources on key topic areas. If you have any suggestions for future webinar topics or would like to be added to the email list to receive updates about webinars please email firstname.lastname@example.org. ASH […]Read More
The information below summarises an analysis by Howard Reed of Landman Economics for Action on Smoking & Health, entitled “The Cost of Smoking to the Social Care System in England” first carried out in 2014 and updated in January 2017. The research shows that smoking not only contributes to the social care bill but also […]Read More
In July 2015, ASH hosted a conference in partnership with the LGA, ADPH and PHE. Click on the links below to download presentations on key issues in local tobacco control. If you use any information from these slides for your own purpose, please credit the authors. Why tobacco is a public health priority Rosanna O’Connor, […]Read More
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. Setting up a Local Tobacco Control Alliance This document aims both to support the development of new tobacco control alliances and provide information for those planning to renew or refresh […]Read More
Click on the links below to download short briefings (pdf) for councillors on key issues in tobacco policy. Each briefing sets out the problem and points towards action councils can take to put things right. Making the case for local tobacco control. This short briefing summarises for councillors the key reasons why local authorities should […]Read More