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ASH comment on BabyClear study to reduce smoking in pregnancy

16 February 2017 Research published today by the University of Newcastle shows that the BabyClear programme, implemented in the north east of England to reduce smoking during pregnancy, has been very successful. Fresh NE has supported the introduction of the approach across the region. Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if […]

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Campaign launches to highlight benefits of quitting smoking before surgery

07 February 2017 Surgeons are being urged to encourage patients to improve their survival chances by quitting smoking ahead of surgery. The campaign has been launched by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) with the support of the health charity ASH (Action on Smoking and Health). The RCSEd has also written to Secretary […]

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Protestors demand industry pays for damage at Imperial Tobacco AGM

01 February 2017 Today protestors have gathered outside the Imperial Tobacco AGM to demand the tobacco industry pays for the damage it causes. Tobacco causes nearly 80,000 deaths in England each year.[1] The cost of tobacco to society is estimated to be £12.9 billion[2] while new figures show the social care cost alone is £1.4 […]

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Smoking costs local authorities £760 million a year for social care

30 January 2017 Smoking is adding to the social care crisis because at least £1.4 billion a year is spent on social care, needed because of smoking related illness. And the problem is set to get worse because the local authority public health grant which pays for stop smoking services is being cut by central […]

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Fall in smoking is positive but new tobacco control plan needed for trend to continue

14 December 2016. Responding to the Health Survey for England report published today, ASH said that the decline in smoking among adults and children in England since 1998 shows the importance of having a comprehensive tobacco control plan in place.  [1] In 1998, the first tobacco control plan for England – ‘Smoking kills’ – was […]

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ASH comment on Chief Medical Officer’s report

08 December 2016. The decline in smoking among the British population is a great public health success story and has contributed to a significant decline in lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory disorders.  However, as the Chief Medical Officer’s report published today shows, health improvements could be even greater if the ‘Baby-boomer’ generation were given […]

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ASH comment on US Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarette use among youth

08 December 2016. Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH commented:  “ASH is puzzled by the level of concern being expressed about e-cigarettes by the Surgeon-General. In the US as in the UK, young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes but vaping has not been associated with an increase in smoking, a point which is not made […]

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ASH comment on BTS study showing hospitals’ failure to tackle smoking

07 December 2016.  A report released today by the British Thoracic Society (BTS) shows that most hospitals across the UK are not doing enough to support smokers to stop smoking. Despite the fact that a quarter of patients were recorded as being current smokers, 72% of these patients were not asked if they wanted help […]

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Media Advisory: Smokefree Private Vehicles Regulations

02 December 2016 From Monday 5th December 2016 a new law takes effect in Scotland which will make it an offence to smoke in a car when a child is present. The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act brings Scotland in line with the law in England and Wales which took effect on […]

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Tobacco industry appeal against standard packs law rejected

30 November 2016. The Appeal Court has today handed down a ruling rejecting the tobacco industry’s appeal against the law requiring standardised packaging of cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco. [1] The tobacco companies’ initial challenge to the legislation was defeated in the High Court in May 2016 but 3 of the 4 international companies (BAT, JTI […]

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ASH reaction to new Philip Morris IQOS ‘heat not burn’ product

30 November 2016.  Tobacco company Philip Morris has today launched IQOS, a potentially ‘reduced risk’ tobacco product in the UK.  The device uses compressed tobacco in a ‘mini-cigarette’ form in a vapouriser.  Unlike electronic cigarettes which vapourise nicotine suspended in a liquid, the IQOS heats and vapourises tobacco. Globally, smoking killed 100 million people in […]

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Minimum Excise Tax on tobacco will provide a significant boost to health

23 November 2016. ASH has welcomed the Government’s commitment to publish draft legislation on a Minimum Excise Tax (MET) on cigarettes and to require the licensing of tobacco manufacturing equipment. The licensing plans were announced in today’s Autumn Statement while the commitment to draft legislation on the MET was made in response to a parliamentary […]

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More than 100 countries now require graphic picture warnings on cigarette packs – UK goes further by requiring plain standardised packaging

10 November 2016.  An international report released today by the Canadian Cancer Society shows that 105 countries and territories require picture health warnings on cigarette packages. This significant milestone in global public health will reduce smoking and save lives. The UK is ranked 14th for its warning size of 65% of the front and back […]

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High rates of smoking among people with serious mental health conditions

01 November 2016.  News Release issued on behalf of the Smoking and Mental Health Partnership From today for the first time, local authorities across England will be able to see the shockingly high rates of smoking among people with serious mental illness compared to the general population in their areas.  In some parts of the country […]

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New research by ASH finds use of electronic cigarettes remains low among young people

31 October 2016.  ASH has released new data today which finds no evidence that children are being recruited to smoking through their use of electronic cigarettes. [1] The ASH survey found that more young people are now aware of, and have tried e-cigarettes but regular use is still rare and confined largely to those who […]

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