Reports



Fifteen Smokefree Years: Public support in England for measures to reduce the harm of smoking


On July 1st 2007, radical new legislation came into force in England prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces and public spaces including offices, shops, restaurants and pubs. Overnight, the air cleared. Smokefree legislation was a ground-breaking, and hard-fought, achievement for public health, protecting millions of people from the harms of tobacco smoke. In 2022, fifteen […]

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Public mental health and smoking: A framework for action


A joint report published by ASH and the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Public Mental Health Implementation Centre. The report is a practical document, designed to drive action locally, regionally and nationally across sectors. It is for people and organisations developing plans and strategies to improve mental and physical health in our communities, particularly those working to […]

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Public support for Government action on tobacco: Results of the 2022 ASH Smokefree survey


This document sets out the findings from the 2022 ASH Smokefree Survey, assessing public support for Government action on tobacco. The survey found that: 74% support a smokefree 2030 and there is majority support for all key interventions. There is no significant difference in support broken down by voting in the 2019 general election (Conservative, […]

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Smoking and social housing: Supporting residents, addressing inequalities


A joint report published by ASH and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), setting out the case and opportunities for addressing smoking in social housing. This collaboratively produced report: Outlines the case for reducing rates of smoking in the social housing sector as part of social landlords’ health and wellbeing activity. Aims to equip […]

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Reaching Out: Tobacco control and stop smoking services in local authorities in England, 2021


This report presents findings from the eighth annual ASH/CRUK survey of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England. It explores both the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and current efforts to reduce the inequalities that define the smoking epidemic in England. Download report Download presentation

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10 high impact actions for local authorities and their partners


Local authorities are at the frontline of national efforts to achieve the goal of Smokefree 2030. This short guide has been published to support members and officers in local authorities and their partners in the NHS and civil society to sustain and renew their commitment to this goal. The guide identifies ten ways in which […]

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ASH at 50: Stubbing out smoking since 1971


This report tells the story of an inspired and enduring partnership established 50 years ago to try to reduce the terrible toll of death and disease in the UK from smoking. Realising that their academic but popular reports on smoking could not in themselves bring about the necessary change, in 1971 the Royal College of […]

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The economic impact of a smokefree United Kingdom: technical report


Smoking is associated with a range of costs to the economy in general and the public finances, which arise due to the health risks associated with tobacco consumption and the associated increases in mortality and morbidity for the smoking population.  This report looks at the economic impact of consumers switching from buying tobacco, to buying […]

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Smoking and Poverty


This analysis of national data finds that 3 in 5 of all households containing smokers living in poverty live in the North and Midlands while fewer than 1 in 5 are in London and the South East. The link between smoking and disadvantage is well established, but this new analysis throws light on how the […]

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Profile of 16/17-year-old smokers


This report, based on analysis of data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study and ASH Smokefree Youth Surveys, sets out key findings on 16 and 17 year olds smoking behaviours and the wider context which impacts on this. Areas covered in the report include everything from smoking prevalence, quitting behaviour and e-cigarette use to where […]

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The cost of smoking to the social care system


This report sets out the impact of smoking-related illness on social care need and the resulting costs in England, building on previous reports published by ASH in 2014, 2017 and 2019. Full research and analysis details are included in the accompanying technical report by Landman Economics, available here. Download the full report here ASH has […]

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Getting back on track: Delivering a smokefree start for every child


This report from ASH and the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group sets out the action needed to turn the Government’s ambitions on smoking in pregnancy and a smokefree society into a reality. The report was launched on the 10th February 2021, at a joint meeting of the APPG on Smoking and Health and the APPG on Baby Loss. […]

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Stepping up: The response of stop smoking services in England to the COVID-19 pandemic


This report, written in partnership with Cancer Research UK, examines the performance of stop smoking services in England during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The proportion of local authorities commissioning a specialist stop smoking service has risen year-on-year from 65% in 2018 and 69% in 2019 to 77% in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic forced local authorities […]

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Smokefree Skills: Training needs of mental health nurses and psychiatrists


This report examines the current training of mental health nurses and psychiatrists to help their patients quit smoking. Download report. Download executive summary.  

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Smoking, employability, and earnings


This report sets out findings from a analysis conducted by Landman Economics for ASH looking at the impact of smoking on employment and earnings in terms of lost income across the UK. Smoking has a significant negative impact on individual earnings and employment prospects, with long-term smokers being 7.5% less likely to be employed than […]

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