Press Releases



England one of the best places in the world to quit smoking this October

21 September 2017  As the annual Stoptober campaign to encourage smokers to quit is launched, ASH confirms that England is one of the best places to try to give up. The UK consistently tops the European rankings for tobacco control policy [1] and smoking prevalence has been steadily falling for several years. [2] At a […]

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UK’s largest ever analysis of data shows no evidence that e-cigarettes are leading young people into smoking

29 August 2017 UK’s largest ever analysis of data shows no evidence that e-cigarettes are leading young people into smoking Concerns that use of e-cigarettes by young people in the UK could be leading to smoking are so far not borne out by the evidence, shows a new study published today. The study, a collaboration […]

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Swift action by the ASA finds marketing of e-cigarettes using a 7-year-old not ‘socially responsible’

23 August 2017 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has welcomed the swift response of the ASA in taking action to address a company’s marketing of e-cigarettes using a 7-year-old. It follows revelations in The Sun [1] on Monday 21st August that a North East based e-cigarette company was sponsoring the girl in a beauty […]

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ASH Comment on Vapour Love sponsorship

21 August 2017 Commenting on a story in The Sun online today [21st August] entitled ‘SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE?’ [1] Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy at Action on Smoking and Health said: “It is completely irresponsible for a company that sells an age restricted product to promote their brand through a seven-year old girl. The ASA […]

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New Government data shows valuable Stop Smoking Services continue to decline

18 August 2017 New Government data shows valuable Stop Smoking Services continue to decline NHS Digital has today published its latest statistics on Stop Smoking Services in England. The figures cover the period from April 2016 to March 2017 and they show that the number of people accessing these services has fallen for the fifth […]

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ASH Welcomes New Tobacco Control Plan for England: Funding needed for it to succeed

18 July 2017 Action on Smoking and Health has welcomed the Government’s new Tobacco Control Plan for England, “Towards a Smokefree Generation”, published today. [1] The previous Plan expired at the end of 2015, and pressure has been growing from parliament and the public health community for the Government to renew its commitment to tackling […]

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New report finds midwives and doctors need more training to address smoking in pregnancy

18 July 2017 A new report [1] is published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) [2] on behalf of the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group [3] and launched in Parliament today (18th July) at a joint event between the APPG on Baby Loss [4] and the APPG on Smoking and Health [5]. The report […]

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England a decade after the smoking ban – heading for a smokefree future

1st July 2017 Since the introduction of smokefree legislation in England ten years ago, there has been significant growth in support for this and other legislation introduced by government, particularly among smokers themselves, reports public health charity ASH. The last decade has also seen the UK become a world leader in implementation of the World […]

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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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