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Smoking among schoolchildren at record low, new government figures show

2 November 2017 New data published by NHS Digital today show that smoking among 15 year olds has reached the lowest level on record at 7%. [1] The figures demonstrate that England continues to make good progress towards the government’s ambition of a smokefree generation. As outlined in the Tobacco Control Plan for England, the […]

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Tobacco Tax Gaps: Illicit cigarettes a growing proportion of a declining market – enforcement funding cuts must be addressed

26 October 2017 Official estimates released today by HM Revenue & Customs show that while the size of the illicit market for cigarettes in 2016/17 has remained fairly stable since 2010, as smoking prevalence has declined significantly, it has become a higher proportion of the total market. More promisingly the amount and proportion of the […]

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Action on Smoking and Health welcomes inquiry into electronic cigarettes

25 October 2017 The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has today (25 October) announced an inquiry into electronic cigarettes. Public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) welcomed the news. ASH Chief Executive Deborah Arnott said: “ASH is pleased that the Committee has launched this timely inquiry, and we look forward to […]

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In advance of the Budget, Treasury urged to do more to support the Government ambition for a “smokefree generation”

24 October 2017 The Government received a timely reminder of the importance of effective taxation and regulation of tobacco products from public health experts in a meeting yesterday with the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. The meeting was ahead of the Budget on November 22nd. Representatives from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the UK […]

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New study shows extent of cuts to local services to help smokers quit, even where there is political support for these services

20 October 2017 In 2016 budgets were cut in all local authority areas where smoking cessation was a low priority. In local authorities where the priority was high 40% made cuts to these life-saving services. The study is based on online surveys of local tobacco control leads in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The surveys found […]

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International Labour Organization forced to address conflict of interest

16 October 2017 Responding to mounting pressure, UN agency to consider severing ties with the tobacco industry Following the decision by the UN Global Compact in September to exclude the tobacco industry, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will decide shortly whether it, too, will finally sever ties with Big Tobacco. The decision, set to come […]

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ASH response to British Psychological Society endorsement of electronic cigarettes

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has today urged wider promotion of electronic cigarettes as a method of stopping smoking. In response to this announcement, Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said: “We welcome this report setting out the role e-cigarettes can play in reducing the harm […]

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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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