In the spotlight

These are some of the issues that ASH is currently engaged in.

Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is among people with a current mental health condition with smoking rates more than double that of the general population.

A report by ASH, endorsed by 27 health and mental health organisations sets out recommendations for how smoking rates in this population could be dramatically reduced.

“Plain” standardised packs should start to hit the shelves in the UK in the coming months, as old stock is sold out.  Companies have until May 2017 to comply with the law requiring cigarettes to be sold in uniform packs without promotional features.  See the ASH webpage on standardised packaging for further information.

Whilst rates of smoking in pregnancy have declined, this continues to be a major health problem for women who smoke and their babies.  The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group was established to tackle this issue.

E-cigarettes have the potential to help smokers quit smoking and are considerably less dangerous than smoking.  Find out the facts and guidance on the harm reduction webpage.