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.

Consultation response by ASH and SPECTRUM to the UK Product Safety Review: Call for Evidence


In June 2021, ASH and SPECTRUM responded to the Office for Product Safety and Standards consultation on the UK’s overarching product safety regulations, so that any prospective reform results in a product safety framework that is fit for the future – protecting people and supporting both growth and investment. Our response focused on concerns about […]

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Consultation submission by ASH, the Royal College of Physicians and SPECTRUM to Proposals for a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan: Discussion document.


In May 2021, ASH in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and the SPECTRUM Research Consortium submitted our response to the New Zealand Government’s consultation on proposed actions to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal, which will inform the development of the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan (the action plan). Download the response here.

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ASH and SPECTRUM response to the DHSC consultation on Tobacco and related products legislation introduced between 2015 to 2016


In March 2021, ASH and the SPECTRUM Research Consortium submitted a joint response to the DHSC consultation reviewing the effectiveness of the Tobacco and related products legislation introduced between 2015 to 2016. The submission, which concluded that the legislation had been effective, but could be strengthened, was underpinned by peer reviewed research carried out by […]

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ASH recommendations to DHSC and PHE on a regional structure for public health following the abolition of PHE


In December 2020 ASH ran a round table which would focus on the regional structure, and address a set of questions set for us by DHSC and PHE. While the round table did not settle these questions directly, it did facilitate useful discussions about the pros and cons of different options with key stakeholders in […]

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ASH and SPECTRUM response to HM Treasury’s Budget 2021


In January 2021, ASH and SPECTRUM Research Consortium submitted a joint response to HM Treasury’s consultation ahead of the the 2021 Budget. The response’s recommendations focus on strengthening the UK’s tax base, securing greater investment in public health and strengthening the UK’s place in the world as a global leader on tobacco control. Download the […]

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ASH response to NHSE/I consultation on the next steps for Integrated Care Systems


In January 2021, ASH responded to a joint consultation by NHS England and NHS Improvement on the next steps for Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in England. ASH’s response agrees with the principle that ICS should be given statutory footing and makes the case for strengthening collaboration with local authorities to ensure ICS ambitions are met. […]

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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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ASH response to HM Treasury/HM Revenue and Customs consultation on duty-free and tax-free goods carried by passengers


In May 2020, ASH responded to a joint consultation by HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs on duty-free and tax-free goods carried by passengers. ASH’s response outlined the importance of the UK’s obligations under Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and set out why duty-free allowances should not be re-introduced […]

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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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