Reports



Progress towards smokefree mental health services


                  This report presents the findings of a survey of NHS mental health trusts in England conducted by ASH for Public Health England in Spring 2019. It examines whether the Government’s objective for all mental health trusts to be smokefree by 2018 has been achieved. It describes […]

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Smokefree Skills: Community Mental Health


ASH analysis, based on a survey of mental health professionals (nurses and psychiatrists) working in the community, found that there is low awareness of very brief advice (VBA) among mental health nurses and psychiatrists; that prescribing medications for smoking cessation is not common practice amongst community mental health professional; and that a substantial proportion of […]

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Smoking and Poverty


The information below summarises an analysis by Howard Reed of Landman Economics for Action on Smoking and Health, entitled “Smoking and Poverty”. The research shows that the high cost of tobacco is driving over a million people in the UK into poverty. Furthermore, poverty rates across all smoking households increase from around one fifth (22.3%) […]

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The Costs of Smoking to Social Care


The information below summarises an analysis by Howard Reed of Landman Economics for Action on Smoking & Health, entitled “The Cost of Smoking to the Social Care System in England” first carried out in 2014 and last updated in September 2019. The research shows that smoking not only contributes to the social care bill but […]

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A Change in the Air


  A Change in the Air presents the findings of a study of smokefree policy and practice in mental health trusts in England.   The findings are principally drawn from a survey of mental health trusts conducted in the summer of 2018.   The aim of this study is to describe the progress made by mental health […]

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Smoking in the home: New solutions for a Smokefree Generation


  Report   Smoking in the home: New solutions for a Smokefree Generation considers the impact of smoking in the home and what policy measures could be taken across all housing tenures to reduce its prevalence, with the aim of protecting children and adults and supporting healthy communities.   The report calls for collaboration between […]

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Smoking in pregnancy challenge group, Review of the Challenge 2018


The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group released a report on the 4th July 2018 calling for Government action to tackle smoking in pregnancy. The new report shines light on the progress towards the Government’s ambition to reduce the smoking in pregnancy rate to less than 6% by 2022 and warns that unless more is done […]

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Smokefree Skills: an assessment of maternity workforce training


This report provides an analysis of the training that midwives and obstetricians receive to address smoking in pregnant women, and what further training is needed. Smoking is a major cause of stillbirth and sudden infant death, and also leads to more babies being born with health problems and with a low birth weight. You can […]

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Smokefree: The First Ten Years


Produced to mark the tenth anniversary of smokefree legislation in England, this report looks at the shifting public attitudes towards smoking and tobacco control measures over the past decade. The report is based on ten years of data from the ASH / YouGov Smokefree England survey. Smokefree: the first ten years

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Counter Arguments – How important is tobacco to small retailers?


  This report scrutinises the messages sent to small retailers by the tobacco industry and asks whether the traditional approach to selling tobacco in small shops is still in retailers’ best interests, given the ongoing decline in the market and the recent changes to how tobacco is sold. The findings in this report are drawn from two […]

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Tobacco and Oral Health


This report provides an overview of the health impact of  smoking and smokeless tobacco on on oral health.

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The Stolen Years


People with mental health conditions die on average 10-20 years earlier than the general population and smoking is the single largest factor accounting for this difference Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a current mental health condition with smoking rates more than double that of the general population The Stolen […]

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Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy: A review of the Challenge


In March 2012 the then Public Health Minister set a challenge to the public health community to identify how progress could be made to further reduce the number of women who smoke during pregnancy. The Challenge Group was therefore established. It is a collaboration of charities, academia and Royal Colleges who pooled their expertise to publish a report in […]

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Smoking Still Kills


The five-year strategy set out in the Government’s previous Tobacco Control Plan for England came to an end in 2015. Smoking Still Kills (released in June 2015) proposed new targets for a renewed national strategy to accelerate the decline in smoking prevalence over the next decade. The report set out short-term objectives and longer term aims […]

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ASH Research Report: Asthma and smoking


This Research Report examines asthma and smoking: the causes and the consequences.

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