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Time Running Out for Standardised Cigarette Packs: Health Community Presses Cameron & Hunt to Promise Parliament Will Vote on Issue Before General Election

Saturday 27 December 2014 Following mounting pressure for the Government to commit to introducing standardised tobacco packaging, ASH is calling on the Prime Minister and Health Secretary to stand up to the tobacco industry by ensuring there is time for a final vote on the regulations to take place before the General Election. [1] A […]

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Media Advisory: Standardised “plain” Packaging: Government in third U-turn?

Thursday 18 December 2014 Time is running out for Regulations on the standardised “plain” packaging for cigarettes to be put into law before the next General Election. The tobacco industry and a handful of MPs are hoping for delays. The Prime Minister and Health Secretary seem to be dithering about whether to ensure a vote […]

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Evidence that electronic cigarettes can help smokers to quit

Wednesday 17 December 2014 The internationally renowned Cochrane Library has reviewed the evidence and concluded that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can quit or reduce their smoking. [1] The review draws on two randomised trials comprising a total of 662 current smokers. It found that about 9% of smokers who had used electronic cigarettes were […]

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Smoking in cars with children to be illegal by October 2015

Wednesday 17 December 2014 Regulations prohibiting smoking in cars with children have been laid before Parliament today so they can be voted on before the General Election and put in place from 1st October 2015. The regulations will prohibit smoking in cars containing children under 18. [1] The British Lung Foundation estimates that 430,000 children […]

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England-wide survey confirms e-cigarette use confined largely to smokers

Wednesday 10 December 2014 For the first time, the annual Health Survey for England published today has included questions on electronic cigarette use among both adults and children. [1] The results show that among adults 29% of current smokers and 6% of ex-smokers reported ever using e-cigarettes while just 1% of never smokers said they […]

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Government’s consultation on a levy on tobacco industry welcomed by ASH

Wednesday 03 December 2014 ASH warmly welcomed the announcement in today’s Autumn Statement that the Government will soon be launching a consultation on introducing a levy on the tobacco industry. In his Statement published today, the Chancellor stated: “Smoking imposes costs on society, and the government believes it is therefore fair to ask the tobacco […]

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Media advisory: Second anniversary of implementation of standardised tobacco packaging in Australia

Friday 28 November 2014 front                                      back Introduction 1. Monday 1st December 2014 marks the second anniversary of the implementation of standardised tobacco packaging in Australia The impact on both adults and young people in Australia has been […]

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Significant fall in smoking suggests Government tobacco control strategy on track

Tuesday 25 November 2014 New figures released today by the Office for National Statistics today show that smoking in Great Britain has fallen from 20% to 19% between 2012 and 2013. [1] The figures are in line with the findings of a separate national survey which found adult smoking rates had fallen to 18.7% in […]

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Tobacco Tax Gaps: Small Rise Shows Need for New Government Action

Thursday 16 October 2014 Official figures released today show that the level of tobacco smuggling in the UK in 2013/14 has risen slightly since last year [1] According to HM Revenue & Customs, in 2013/14 an estimated 10% of cigarettes consumed in the UK were illicit compared to 9% in 2012/13. The figures for hand […]

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ASH Welcomes London Health Commission Proposals on Smokefree London

Wednesday 15 October 2014 Action on Smoking and Health has welcomed new recommendations to the Mayor of London on smoking and tobacco control in the city. The recommendations come from the London Health Commission, an independent inquiry established in September 2013 by the Mayor and reporting directly to him. The Commission is chaired by leading […]

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New CAP code for advertising electronic cigarettes

Thursday 09 October 2014 The new CAP (Committees of Advertising Practice) advertising code for electronic cigarettes published today is sensible and comprehensive, ASH believes. From Monday 10th November 2014 the code will be enforced by the ASA. ASH is pleased that the CAP has taken on board many of our recommendations, in particular to strengthen […]

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Fall in smoking shows tobacco control measures are working

Tuesday 07 October 2014 Smoking in England has fallen sigificantly over the past 12 months, a new Government survey has found. The annual Integrated Household Survey revealed that adult smoking fell from 19.5% in 2012 to 18.4% in 2013. [1] This means that the Government has achieved its ambition which was to reduce overall adult […]

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New survey finds regular use of electronic cigarettes by children still rare

Wednesday 17 September 2014 New data from Action on Smoking and Health [1], analysed by Public Health England and presented at the Public Health England Conference today (Wednesday 17th September), shows that while electronic cigarette use by young people increased between 2013 and 2014: • Only 1.8% of children are regular users. 90% of regular […]

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New alternative to smoking: novel nicotine delivery device gets medicines licence

Friday 12 September 2014 Kind Consumer announced today that it has secured a medicines licence for their nicotine inhaler, an important step forward which ASH believes will pave the way for electronic cigarettes to be given licences as medically-approved stop smoking aids. [1] The product called Voke, for which the company has received marketing authorisation, […]

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Smoking costs Councils £600m+ a year for social care

Wednesday 03 September 2014 New figures from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) show that Councils in England face a bill of more than £600m a year to help people with smoking-related illness stay in their own homes (domiciliary care). The true figure may be much higher because of lack of information on some costs. […]

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