Meetings & Seminars



2020 APPG roundtable on Smokefree 2030

On Wednesday 22nd July 2020, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held a roundtable to discuss the action needed to secure the Government’s ambition for England to be smokefree by 2030. The Public Health Minister Jo Churchill MP and Shadow Public Health Minister, Alex Norris MP, spoke in support of the importance of working cross party to deliver this ambition.

On 22nd July 2019, the Government published its Prevention Green Paper: Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s. This set out the ambition to make England smokefree by 2030, defined as smoking prevalence of 5% or less. It also committed to consider a ‘polluter pays’ approach to funding tobacco control and to bring forward further measures to help achieve a smokefree 2030 at a later date.

Chair of the APPG Bob Blackman MP announced the APPG’s endorsement of ASH’s Roadmap to a Smokefree 2030 at the start of the meeting. Parliamentarians, councillors and other guests then heard from a number of speakers discussing the action needed to secure a smokefree 2030:

  • Sue Mountain, former smoker and cancer survivor
  • Alex Norris MP, Shadow Minister Health and Social Care
  • Jo Churchill MP, Public Health Minister
  • Dr Henry Featherstone, Director of Public Affairs, Sanofi
    • Presentation describing how the DHSC run Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme works and how it could be applied to Big Tobacco to secure ‘polluter pays’ funding for tobacco control
  • Professor Linda Bauld, Director SPECTRUM Consortium
    • Presentation describing the policies needed to secure the Government’s ambition of a smokefree 2030
  • Dr Tessa Langley, Nottingham University
    • Presentation discussing the economic impact of tobacco and the contribution reducing smoking can make to levelling up society in time of COVID-19

You can watch to the recording here.

2018 APPG AGM

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held its 2018 AGM on 4 July 2017.

The election of the following Officers was unanimous.

Bob Blackman MP was elected as Chair.

Ian Mearns MP was elected as Treasurer.

The following were elected as Vice-Chairs:

• Dr Philippa Whitford MP
• Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP
• Alex Cunningham MP
• Lord Rennard
• Lord Faulkner
• Baroness Finlay

The formal business of the AGM was followed by the launch of a report by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group: Review of the Challenge 2018

2017 APPG AGM

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held its 2017 AGM on 18 July 2017. The APPG elected the following Members as Officers:

Chair
Bob Blackman MP

Treasurer
Ian Mearns MP

Vice-Chairs
Lord Rennard
Dr Philippa Whitford MP
Rt Hon Sir Kevin Baron MP
Baroness Finlay
Lord Faulkner

2016 APPG AGM and ASH report launch

Launch of the Counter Arguments report

The APPG held its AGM on Tuesday 18th October in Dining Room 2, re-electing the following Members as Officers:
Chair
Bob Blackman MP
Treasurer
Ian Mearns MP
Vice-Chairs
• Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP
• Baroness Finlay
• Lord Rennard
• Baroness O’Cathain
• Lord Faulkner

This was followed by a reception hosted by Bob Blackman MP from 16.15 – 18.00 at the House of Commons to launch ASH’s new report on tobacco retailing, Counter Arguments.

APPG launch of The Stolen Years: The Mental Health and Smoking Action Report

APPG launch of The Stolen Years: The Mental Health and Smoking Action Report - 12 April 2016
APPG launch of The Stolen Years: The Mental Health and Smoking Action Report – 12 April 2016

On 12th April 2016, the APPG hosted a parliamentary launch event for ASH’s new report on smoking and mental health. People with mental health conditions die 10-20 years earlier than the general population and smoking is the single largest reason for this gap in life expectancy. The report entitled The Stolen Years: The smoking and mental health action report, which was produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Rethink Mental Illness and others, is a call to action for people working across public health and mental health services to do more to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking.

The meeting was chaired by the Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG.

Speakers included:

– Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Chair of the report working group
– Rachel Schofield, Expert by experience
– Dr Peter Byrne, Royal College of Psychiatrists
– Samantha Nicklin, Rethink Mental Illness
– Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Well-being, Public Health England

To view a full copy of the report here.

“Electronic Cigarettes: Gateway to Addiction or Cessation? Developing an APPG Position”

Electronic Cigarettes: Gateway to Addiction or Cessation? Developing an APPG Position - 10 June 2014
Electronic Cigarettes: Gateway to Addiction or Cessation? Developing an APPG Position – 10 June 2014

On 10 June 2014, the APPG hosted a meeting on electronic cigarettes in partnership with the APPGs on Pharmacy and Heart Disease. Electronic cigarette use in the UK has tripled over the last few years and the purpose of the meeting was to inform the positions of the APPGs going forward and to give Members the opportunity to ask questions of experts in the field. (FAQ on electronic cigarettes)

The meeting was chaired by Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP (Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health) and Kevin Barron MP (Chair of the APPG on Pharmacy and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health).

Speakers included:

– Rob Darracott, Chief Executive, Pharmacy Voice (handout)
– Professor Robert West, University College London (handout)
– Professor David Walker, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
– Rebecca Taylor, Former MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber
– Sarah Jakes, E-Cigarette Consumer Association of the UK
– Jeremy Mean, Deputy Director, Tobacco Control and Responsibility Deal, Department of Health (handout)

Following the meeting, Paul Burstow MP, Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, and Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the APPG on Pharmacy and Vice Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, sent a letter and a position paper to parliamentary colleagues.

Article 5.3 of the FCTC

On 11 December 2013, APPG Chair, Paul Burstow MP gave a speech to a meeting of the Department of Health and World Health Organization on the importance of Article 5.3 of the FCTC regarding the protection of public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Harm reduction seminar

In October 2012, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held a meeting on harm reduction and the draft NICE guidelines. Experts in the field gave the following presentations (PDFs):

– Smoking and harm reduction in the Tobacco Plan. Tabitha Brufal, Deputy Director, Health Improvement Division, Department of Health
– Tobacco harm reduction: what smokers in England are doing. Professor Robert West and Emma Beard, University College London
– Electronic cigarettes: A review of their efficacy and potential for harm reduction. Dr Maciej Goniewicz, Queen Mary University of London
– Nicotine regulation – the next steps. Jeremy Mean, Group Manager, Access & Information for Medicines & Standards Group, MHRA
– Draft NICE guidance on tobacco harm reduction. Professor Linda Bauld, Chair, NICE PDG and Professor of Socio-Management, Stirling University

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