ASH Daily News 28 June 2017



  • Alex Cunningham MP calls on the Government to publish another Tobacco Control Plan without further delay
  • North East: 86% of people support the smoking ban 10 years on
  • North West: Many smokers in Bolton have quit since smoking ban introduction 10 years ago
  • Parliamentary Questions

 

Alex Cunningham MP calls on the Government to publish another Tobacco Control Plan without further delay

The Government are making no progress on creating and publishing the Tobacco Control Plan and every delay is putting more lives at risk, argued Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham today.

Last week Alex used the parliamentary tool of submitting a written question to the Secretary of State for Health regarding the long-awaited Tobacco Control Plan, and today received a response from a Health Minister simply saying that the Government are “developing the Tobacco Control Plan which will be published shortly”.

Speaking on the matter, Alex said: “There are a significant number of organisations, charities, health workers, and patients that are waiting for this plan. We can’t sit around and allow more people to die from cancer and other smoking-related diseases whilst … key parts of our health strategy are being pushed to the sidelines.”

Source: Alex Cunningham MP, 27 June 2017
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North East: 86% of people support the smoking ban 10 years on

In the North East 86% of adults support smokefree legislation in 2017 and only 5% oppose the law, which was introduced on July 1, 2007, to protect people from secondhand smoke in pubs, restaurants, bars, shops, offices and workplaces, including workplace vehicles.

Smoking rates in the North East began to fall dramatically from 2005 as a major campaign for a Smoke Free North East began, led by regional tobacco control office Fresh, and continued action to tackle smoking has resulted in the largest drop in smoking in England between 2005 and 2017.

Source: The Hartlepool Mail, 28 June 2017
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North West: Many smokers in Bolton have quit since smoking ban introduction 10 years ago

Almost a decade ago public buildings, pubs, clubs, work places and indoor venues around England went smokefree. On Saturday it will be 10 years to the day that the smokefree legislation in enclosed public places came into force.

At the time of the ban, 29.6% of people smoked. However, by last year that had fallen to 17.9%. A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We will continue to work with colleagues in the NHS and hope to see this figure reduce further in the future.

Source: The Bolton News, 28 June 2017
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Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Smoking in Pregnancy
Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour, Shadow Minister for Public Health
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce smoking amongst pregnant women.

Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Government is committed to reducing smoking prevalence in pregnant women and will be publishing its new Tobacco Control Plan for England shortly. This will aim to reduce smoking prevalence generally and includes actions to reduce smoking during pregnancy.

Public Health England continues to work closely with NHS England to increase the number of women having a smoke-free pregnancy through a variety of initiatives. This is a key priority within NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme and a key action to reduce stillbirths and meet the Secretary of State’s ambition to halve the number of stillbirths by 2030, and to reduce stillbirths by 20% by 2020.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 27 June 2017, cW.
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-21.284.h&s=tobacco#g284.r0

 

PQ2: Tobacco Control Plan
Bob Blackman MP, Conservative, Harrow East
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Tobacco Control Plan for England will provide sustainable funding for local tobacco control and stop-smoking services.

Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Government is developing a new tobacco control plan, which will be published shortly.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 27 June 2017, cW
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-22.603.h&s=tobacco