Submissions



Each year ASH makes a number of submissions to government, parliamentary committees and other inquiries and consultations related to tobacco and smoking both in the UK and internationally.

ASH response to Public Health England consultation on proposed changes to the calculation of smoking-attributable mortality and hospital admissions


In November 2020 ASH responded to a consultation issued by Public Health England (PHE) on changes to how the impact of smoking on mortality and hospital admissions is calculated. ASH’s response focuses on the need to take into account the full breadth of available evidence when determining the new methodology and also supports the submission […]

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ASH and SPECTRUM joint representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020


In September 2020, ASH and SPECTRUM, a public health research consortium of academics from 10 UK universities and partner organisations funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, submitted a joint representation to HM Treasury’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The representation is organised around three key areas: strengthening the UK’s tax base, sustainable long-term funding for enhanced […]

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ASH response to the Treasury Committee inquiry on tax after coronavirus


In September 2020, ASH responded to an inquiry by the Treasury Committee on tax after coronavirus. ASH’s response, written in collaboration with Dr Robert Branston, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Bath, outlined how tobacco taxation could be enhanced to strengthen the UK’s tax base and reduce smoking. Download the response here.

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ASH response to BEIS Committee ‘super-inquiry’ on post pandemic economic growth


In September 2020, ASH responded to a ‘super-inquiry’ on economic growth in the wake of COVID-19 by The Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee. ASH’s response focused on the importance of health for productivity, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, and the importance of addressing smoking as part of any COVID-19 strategy seeking to equitably […]

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Letter to the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, regarding 2020 Budget


This is a letter requesting a meeting with the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in advance of the Budget, together with a representation from ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, endorsed by 24 other organisations including Cancer Research UK. Read the letter. Read the ASH and UKCTAS submission. 

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ASH and Breathe2025 response to Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s


In October 2019, ASH and Breathe 2025 responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’. The response endorses the proposal in the Green Paper to impose a ‘polluter pays’ charge on the tobacco industry to raise revenue, and emphasises the urgent need to address health inequalities in […]

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ASH response to Department of Health and Social Care’s Impact of Tobacco Laws consultation


In September 2019, ASH responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation on the impact of tobacco laws introduced between 2010 and 2016. ASH’s response emphasises the effectiveness of the UK’s comprehensive approach to tobacco regulation and calls on the government to consider how current legislation might be strengthened to support the 2030 smokefree […]

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ASH response to Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Online Harms White Paper consultation


In June 2019, ASH responded to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s consultation on the ‘Online Harms’ White Paper. ASH’s response focused on the need for the regulator to be able to force Internet Service Providers and Platform Providers to act where content hosted on their services threatens public health. Download the response here.

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ASH response to National Housing Federation’s Together with Tenants Plan and Charter consultation


In April 2019 ASH responded to the National Housing Federation’s consultation on their newly developed Together with Tenants Charter and Plan which sought to strengthen relationships between housing associations and their tenants and residents. ASH’s response focused on the importance of housing associations ensuring cases of smoke drift are properly dealt with through clear and […]

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ASH submission to the Professor Sir Mike Richards National Cancer Screening Review


In April 2019 ASH submitted evidence to the Professor Sir Mike Richards National Cancer Screening Review. ASH’s response focused on the importance of risk-stratified lung cancer screening, the need to ensure smoking cessation support is embedded in every stage of the lung cancer screening pathway and on the funding and IT requirements needed for this […]

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ASH response the Health and Social Care Committee NHS Long Term Plan legislative proposals inquiry


In April 2019, ASH responded to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry into the legislative proposals made to support the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan. ASH’s submission focused on the importance of fully funded smoking cessation support, how this would support the Long Term Plan’s ambitions and why mandating local authority Stop […]

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ASH response to The Tobacco Products (Traceability and Security Features) Regulations 2019 consultation


See ASH’s consultation response on the draft secondary legislation of the Tobacco Products (Traceability and Security Features) Regulations 2019. Download the response here

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ASH submission to DHSC Green Paper consultation on the vision for prevention 2019


ASH’s submission in March 2019 to the consultation on the Green Paper which will develop the Secretary of State’s vision for prevention was endorsed by 16 other leading medical and public health organisations and health charities. The submission endorsed the APPG on Smoking and Health report and recommendations which can be read here and sets out […]

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ASH response to MHCLG’s consultation on Business Rates Retention Reform


In February 2019 ASH responded to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s consultation on the proposal to reform the way local authorities in England are funded. ASH’s response was focused on the potential impact of the proposals on public health and the likelihood of the proposed reforms to exacerbate health inequalities. February 2019 […]

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ASH and ASH Scotland joint response to RCPCH Effects of indoor air quality on children and young people’s health consultation


In December 2018, ASH and ASH Scotland in collaboration with Dr Sean Semple, Associate Professor University of Stirling, responded to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health’s consultation on the effects of indoor air quality on children and young people. Our submission focused on the impact of secondhand smoke, its enduring presence in the […]

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