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Smoking-related poverty concentrated in the North and Midlands

23rd July 2021 New analysis [1] of national data commissioned by health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) 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 […]

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Delays in regulatory reform leave children exposed to e-cigarette promotion

19th July 2021 Public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) today [Monday 19th June] criticise the Government for failing to address loopholes that allow children to be given e-cigarettes as freebies although the law bans their sale to under 18s. New findings, published today, also find additional opportunities for regulations to protect children. […]

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House of Lords vote on smokefree pavement licences as councils hail local successes

14th July 2021 UPDATE: This afternoon [Wednesday 14th July] Lord Faulkner of Worcester successfully won a vote regretting the Government’s failure to require COVID-19 related seating outside cafes, pubs and restaurants to be Smokefree. Lord Faulkner’s motion received strong cross-party support from peers across the House. This afternoon [Wednesday 14th July] Lord Faulkner of Worcester […]

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Smoking across England costs local government £1.2 billion in social care costs every year

14th July 2021 New analyses [1] funded by the public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows the impact of smoking on social care need and the associated costs for each region and local authority in England. Around 1.5 million people have everyday social care needs, such as needing help with dressing, walking […]

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During the pandemic smoking in pregnancy fell below 10% for the first time since records began BUT Government still not on track to reach target of 6% or less by 2022

6 July 2021 New NHS data published today [1] shows that smoking in pregnancy fell to 9.5% last year, the first time it has dropped below 10% since records began. Smoking in pregnancy declined six times faster between 2019/20 and 2020/21 than the average for the previous four years. However, in order to reach the […]

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As NICE consult on new vaping advice, survey shows 90% of smokers don’t know e-cigs are much less harmful than smoking

25 June 2021 ASH welcomes the launch today of a consultation by NICE on revised tobacco guidance, [1] including updated advice for healthcare professionals on what to say to smokers about vaping. Ralph, aged 59, is a good example of what a difference such support can make.  A smoker since his early teens, he decided […]

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Bill to put health warnings on cigarette sticks being put to Parliament on Monday 14th June

Sunday 13th June 2021 Bill to put health warnings on cigarette sticks being put to Parliament on Monday 14th June Lord Young of Cookham first proposed health warnings on cigarettes when he was a health minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Government, but he was thwarted by the tobacco manufacturers. Four decades later the former MP, now […]

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Parliamentarians call on Government to end the tobacco epidemic by 2030

Wednesday 9th June 2021 Parliamentarians call on Government to end the tobacco epidemic by 2030 Today [Wednesday 9th June] the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health [1] warns the Government that it can only build back better and fairer from the pandemic by making smoking obsolete. Now, say the cross-party group of MPs […]

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Tribute to Baroness O’Cathain

23rd April 2021 Tribute to Baroness O’Cathain, former officer of the APPG on Smoking and Health by Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Vice-Chair of the APPG The death of Baroness (Detta) O’Cathain at the age of 83 removes from public life and Parliament one of the tobacco industry’s most effective and articulate opponents. Detta made several […]

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ASH comment on Government plan to consider making tobacco manufacturers pay for clearing up cigarette butts

30 March 2021 ASH comment on Government plan to consider making tobacco manufacturers pay for clearing up cigarette butts Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH commented, “We’re delighted that Ministers in DEFRA and DHSC are working collaboratively to use environmental legislation to make tobacco manufacturers clear up the toxic waste caused by cigarette butts. This […]

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Over 1.5 million people need social care because of smoking

23 March 2021 A new report [1] published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows that, on average, smokers in England need care when they are 63, ten years sooner than non-smokers. The analysis, by Landman Economics for ASH, finds that 1.5 million people need help with everyday tasks, such as dressing, walking […]

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Smokers who stop happier in long term, No Smoking Day 2021

09 March 2021 On No Smoking Day 2021 (Wednesday 10th March) [1] smokers are encouraged to put smoking behind them for a brighter future. New evidence published today shows that smokers who quit for 6 weeks or more are happier than those who carry on smoking. Reductions in anxiety and depression in those who quit […]

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Rapid innovation by local councils helped smokers quit during pandemic

07 January 2021 Rapid innovation by local councils helped smokers quit during pandemic In normal times smokers seeking help to quit would be able to meet face-to-face with a trained professional to get counselling and stop smoking medications like nicotine replacement therapy. However, from one day to the next, on March 23rd 2020 this became […]

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380,000 ‘non-smokers’ regularly smoke cannabis, putting their health at risk

19 December 2020 A new study published in the journal Addiction finds significant levels of cannabis use among people who classify themselves as non-smokers [1]. The UCL-led analysis of a survey of adults in Great Britain found that 5% of self-identified non-smokers are past year cannabis users with an estimated 380,000 smoking cannabis with or […]

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Smokers who quit in 2020 tell their stories in a powerful new film

18 December 2020 Smokers who quit in 2020 tell their stories in a powerful new film For smokers 2020 was a great year to quit. One estimate found a million people had quit during the first lock down and hundreds of thousands have maintained that success with 2020 having the highest rates of successful quitting […]

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