Press Releases



ASH comment on Budget: Missed opportunity

29 October 2018 ASH comment on Budget: Missed opportunity   Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is pleased to see that the minimum excise tax (MET) on cigarettes has been uprated from £5.60 to £5.88 in the Budget today. [1] Increasing the MET raises the price of the cheapest cigarettes and discourages smokers switching to […]

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New report from the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC demonstrates how the tobacco industry destroys the environment and undermines sustainable development

26 September 2018 New report from the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC demonstrates how the tobacco industry destroys the environment and undermines sustainable development The devastating impact that the tobacco industry has on human health is well known – tobacco use kills about 7 million people each year. However, a new report published today outlines […]

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ASH comment on Public Health England’s launch of Stoptober

19 September 2018 ASH comment on Public Health England’s launch of Stoptober Responding to the launch of Stoptober, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said: “There are almost as many different ways of quitting as there are smokers, but to succeed smokers need motivation. ASH is delighted to see Stoptober is back, with a new […]

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New data shows smokers are getting the message on e-cigarettes

14 September 2018 New data shows smokers are getting the message on e-cigarettes Findings from a new survey [1] for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) published today show that GB smokers are getting the message that switching to vaping can improve their health. YouGov surveyed over 12,000 adults for ASH, with a further analysis […]

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Charity welcomes MPs call for Government to maximise the potential from e-cigarettes

17 August 2018 Charity welcomes MPs call for Government to maximise the potential from e-cigarettes Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today welcomes the recommendations of the Science and Technology Select Committee [1] to maximise the potential for e-cigarettes to help smokers quit. The call for an improved process to speed up the licensing of […]

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Coalition welcomes MPs recommendations on e-cigarettes

16 August 2018 Mental health coalition welcomes MPs recommendations on e-cigarettes The Mental Health & Smoking Partnership [1] today welcomes The Science and Technology Committee’s recommendation [2] that mental health services should better integrate e-cigarettes into care for patients. The Partnership provided evidence to the Committee [3] on the significant inequality in smoking rates between […]

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New Government data shows urgent need for more investment in treatment for smokers

16 August 2018 New Government data shows urgent need for more investment in treatment for smokers Today NHS Digital [1] have published annually released data on the numbers of smokers supported to quit by local authority stop smoking services. Once again, numbers are down and five local authorities around the country no longer provide any […]

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New ASH data reveals that youth use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain is very low 

16 August 2018 New ASH data reveals that youth use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain is very low  Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today published new data which finds that youth (11-18 year-old) use of e-cigarettes in Great Britain is rare and largely confined to those that already smoke tobacco cigarettes [1]. The findings […]

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Response to new research on smoking on TV

13 August 2018 Response to new research on smoking on TV New study publish today in the journal Tobacco Control [1] finds the smoking content on TV is unchanged from 2010 levels [2]. The research from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) shows the smoking remains common across prime time viewing and […]

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Health charities welcome improvements in reducing stillbirths but say consistent approach is needed

30 July 2018 Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group news release Health charities welcome improvements in reducing stillbirths but say consistent approach is needed The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group [1] a coalition of health organisations, today welcome news from NHS England [2] that progress has been made to reduce the number of stillbirths through implementing […]

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ASH comment on British Lung Foundation report: ‘Less Help to Quit

Embargoed until 00.01 Monday 16th July ASH comment in response to the new British Lung Foundation report ‘Less Help to Quit: What’s happening to stop smoking prescriptions across Britain’ [1] Responding to the new report by the British Lung Foundation, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said: “While it is true that smokers can buy […]

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Smoking rates at a record low: but not for poorer or pregnant smokers  

3rd July 2018 Smoking rates at a record low: but not for poorer or pregnant smokers Overall smoking rates for 2017 have just been published for England, and are at all-time low of 14.9%, down from 19.3% just five years ago [1]. This brings the estimated number of smokers in England in 2017 to 6.1 […]

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New report calls for Government action as smoking in pregnancy rates are feared to be stalling

3 July 2018 Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group news release New report calls for Government action as smoking in pregnancy rates are feared to be stalling  On the morning new Government data on smoking in pregnancy is published [1] (Tuesday 3rd July 2018) the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, a coalition of health and maternity […]

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True cost of smoking revealed in advance of World No Tobacco Day

30 May 2018 New data published for World No Tobacco Day 31st May, by Action on Smoking Health shows that smoking costs communities in England £12.6 billion a year [1]. The figures show the additional pressure that smoking is putting on the NHS and social care services including annual costs of £2.5 billion to the […]

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Commons Committee warned that smoking on TV and in films is encouraging child take-up

15 April 2018 In a strongly worded submission to the Select Committee on Science and Technology ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol studies warn that smoking on TV and in films encourages children to take up smoking [1]. They point out that children in the UK are still exposed to significant amounts […]

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