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Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group media release: smoking during pregnancy rates

15 June 2017 Smoking rates among pregnant women should be a wake-up call for the Government New figures today point to a slowdown in progress to reduce rates of smoking in pregnancy. This comes on the day when national figures show that overall rates of smoking have fallen to a record low raising concerns about […]

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Media advisory: Fall in smoking rates great news but hundreds of children still start smoking every day

15 June 2017 Smoking rates in England fell to a record low last year, according to new figures from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre published today. [1] Across England, about one in twelve smokers quit during 2016: the percentage of people in England aged above 18 who were smokers in 2016 is […]

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Media advisory: Tenth anniversary of smokefree legislation

12 June 2017 1. The first of July 2017 is the tenth anniversary of the most important public health reform in generations – the ending of smoking in enclosed public places in England. 2.This media advisory is designed to provide background to journalists in advance of the anniversary about out the reasons why and how the […]

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World No Tobacco Day is Wednesday 31st May

Friday 26 May 2017 Wednesday 31st May is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), [1] a day set aside by the World Health Organisation as a tribute to the six million people killed each year by tobacco and a call to action to governments to halt this deadly epidemic. [2] This year the theme of World […]

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All tobacco packs on sale will be in standardised “plain” packs from 20th May 2017

12 May 2017 This image shows packaging compliant with TPD and Standardised Packaging regulations. You are welcome to save and reuse the image but you must credit ASH as the source. One year after the tobacco companies were required to manufacture all cigarette in standardised “plain” packs the transition period is coming to an end […]

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Large national survey finds 2.9 million people now vape in Britain: For the first time over half don’t smoke

Monday 8 May 2017 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today publishes the findings from its annual Smokefree GB survey into the use of electronic cigarettes and vapourisers in Great Britain.[1] The study, conducted by YouGov on behalf of ASH, shows an estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use electronic cigarettes. For the […]

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Evidence grows that standardised “plain” tobacco packaging reduces smoking rates

Thursday 27th April • New international evidence review finds it likely that standard packaging policies reduce rates of smoking despite limited available research and only one country with the policy fully in place • Full UK implementation will be complete on 21st May 2017 with long term impacts expected on youth smoking rates over the […]

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ASH leads ‘Week of Action’ against tobacco industry exploitation

Today, the day of the BAT AGM, marks the start of ASH’s Week of Action against the exploitation and damage caused by the tobacco industry. Youth groups, charities and international organisations are joining a social media protest to highlight how the tobacco industry is undermining international tobacco control. Tobacco harms every type of development, with […]

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New restrictions on tobacco products come into full force on 21st May 2017

12th April 2017 At 12am on 21st May 2017 the revised Tobacco Products Directive 2014[1] comes into full effect alongside the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Product Regulations 2015[2]. This means that all cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco sold in the UK must be sold in standardised “plain” packaging and comply with EU rules that include larger […]

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Budget 2017: Modest rise in tobacco tax and new minimum tax level welcome, but not enough

08 March 2017.  Action on Smoking and Health today welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to introduce a Minimum Excise Tax on cigarettes, based on a price per pack of 20 of £7.35 (equivalent to a tax of £268.63 per 1,000 cigarettes). The Chancellor has also continued the tobacco tax “escalator”, which means a tax rise of […]

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Media briefing: Chancellor Should Act on No Smoking Day

02 March 2017 In her first speech as Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP committed to “fighting against the burning injustice that, if you’re born poor, you will die on average 9 years earlier than others.”  [1] This year, the Budget comes on the same day as national No Smoking Day (Wednesday 8th […]

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Media Briefing: No Smoking Day: Ditch or Switch – Give Yourself a Pay Rise!

28 February 2017 Wednesday 8th March is No Smoking Day. [1] It’s also Budget day and tobacco taxes will rise by at least 2% above inflation. [2] ASH wants smokers in England to use the day as their chance to quit – smokers are being encouraged to ‘Ditch or Switch’. A 10 a day smoker who […]

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Peers call on government to publish Tobacco Control Plan

23 February 2017 A cross party and crossbench group of peers today called on the Government to publish the promised new tobacco control strategy without further delay.  The call followed an oral question by Lord Rennard of Wavertree (Liberal Democrat) who asked what further action the Government planned to take to reduce the incidence of […]

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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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