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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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Tobacco Tax Gaps: More action needed to combat illicit tobacco

20 October 2016.  Official figures released today show a small rise in the illicit market share of manufactured cigarettes while there was a fall in the proportion of illicit hand-rolled tobacco. [1] According to HM Revenue & Customs, in 2015/16 an estimated 13% of cigarettes consumed in the UK were illicit, compared to 12% in […]

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ASH research shows corner shops don’t need tobacco to be profitable

18 October 2016.  Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has demolished the tobacco industry argument that local newsagents need tobacco sales to keep them afloat. New research commissioned by ASH shows that corner shops make on average profit of only £242 a week on tobacco products compared to £2,611 from everything else they sell, that’s […]

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Legislation preventing smoking in cars with children popular and effective

30 September 2016.  One year after the ban on smoking in cars when children are present came into effect the legislation is working well. The ASH Smokefree GB survey shows that 86% of children report no exposure to smoking in cars compared to 83% last year. [1] Support for the law, including among smokers, has […]

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Stoptober: ASH calls for more mass media campaigns to help smokers to quit

20 September 2016 In advance of the annual Stoptober stop smoking campaign, ASH is calling on the Government to increase the frequency and the amount of money spent on stop smoking campaigns. Deborah Arnott Chief Executive of ASH said, “ASH strongly supports Stoptober which provides the support and encouragement that we know most smokers need to […]

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Calls for work in North East to cut smoking in pregnancy to be rolled out nationwide

16 September 2016.  News Release on behalf of the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group  Work in the North East to cut smoking in pregnancy by nearly 1/3 has been hailed as an example for the rest of England to follow by a coalition of national health and baby charities. Francine Bates, Chief Executive of the […]

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Stop Smoking Services still successful but need to do better if NHS shortfall is to be plugged

18 August 2016. Figures published today show a further significant 15% decline in the number of smokers seeking help to quit from the Stop Smoking Services in England.  The services are as effective as ever, increasing smokers’ chances to quit by up to fourfold over cold turkey but they are reaching fewer smokers. Of particular […]

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Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care: ASH comment

19 July 2016.   A new report published by the House of Commons Health Committee on the Impact of the Spending Review on Health and Social Care has recognised that “cuts to public health budgets set out in the Spending Review threaten to undermine the necessary upgrade to prevention and public health set out in […]

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Charities call for Government action to maintain progress on smoking in pregnancy rates

Thursday 16 June 2016 The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group [1], a coalition of health and baby charities, today welcomed the news that smoking rates among pregnant women have continued to fall but warned that progress could be jeopardised if services to help people quit continue to be cut around the country.   Smoking at […]

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Public Health Minister Jane Ellison awarded WHO medal

Friday 27 May 2016 Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP has been awarded the prestigious WHO Director-General Special Award to mark World No Tobacco Day. The award recognises her political leadership and determination in overseeing the introduction of a major public health reform, standardised ‘plain’ packaging of tobacco, and her ongoing commitment to tobacco control. […]

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Tobacco Companies’ Legal Challenge to Standardised Tobacco Packaging Fails: Other Countries to Follow UK Lead

19 May 2016. Please note: key extracts from the judge’s ruling in the case are available online at http://tinyurl.com/zjgnxwn The tobacco industry’s High Court challenge to the Regulations on standardised (“plain”) tobacco packaging met with a humiliating defeat today. The landmark judgement in the case will help other countries looking to introduce the policy: France […]

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New EU rules on nicotine strength not a problem for most vapers

16 May 2016.  Use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise with 2.8 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, up from only 700,000 in 2012 when it was first measured by ASH. [1] And new EU rules on electronic cigarettes [2] need not cause problems for most vapers according to new research published by ASH today. […]

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Media Advisory: Standardised “plain” packaging starts 20th May 2016

ASH image: Packaging compliant with TPD and Standardised Packaging regulations. From 20th May 2016 laws surrounding tobacco packaging will change. From this date all tobacco products manufactured for sale in the UK must comply with the new laws. There is a one year transitional period for the sell-through of old stock and from May 2017 […]

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European Court of Justice rules Tobacco Products Directive is lawful – gives backing to UK’s policy on standardised packaging

Wednesday 04 May 2016 The European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU Tobacco Products Directive which is due to enter into force on 20th May 2016 is lawful and that the tobacco industry’s challenge which sought to overturn the Directive is without foundation. The court also clarified that Member States may go further […]

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