Briefings



The ASH Briefings provide supporting evidence for a range of tobacco control measures.

Electronic cigarettes are marketed as a cheaper, safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. As they do not produce smoke, research suggests that electronic cigarettes are relatively harmless in comparison with smoking. This briefing reviews the safety of e-cigarettes and how effective they are as an aid to stopping smoking. December 2018.

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This briefing sets out how smokefree prisons were rolled out in England and Wales, the timeline and process of implementation, and the lessons to be learned for other jurisdictions considering making prisons smokefree. November 2018.

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This briefing is a position statement by Action on Smoking and Health and FairPensions which aims to inform stakeholders in local authority pensions, including councillors, pension fund members, local taxpayers and pension fund trustees. February 2018.

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2017 marked ten years since smokefree legislation came into force in England. This briefing outlines some of the key facts. July 2017.

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A short guide to tobacco regulations that are due to be implemented in 2016/17. This includes standardised packaging and measures covered by the EU Tobacco Products Directive. May 2017.

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Tobacco packaging has become one of the tobacco industry’s leading promotional tools. Research suggests that standardised packaging increases the impact of health warnings, reduces false and misleading messages that one type of cigarette is less harmful than another, and reduces the attractiveness of smoking to young people. April 2017.

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A chronology of tobacco control events from early history to the modern day, focusing mainly on laws and policies made in the United Kingdom. February 2017.

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A briefing summarising the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on tobacco control laws. August 2016.

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This briefing explains why smoking is a major contributory factor and what can be done to reduce health inequalities caused by smoking. It examines the relationship between smoking and socio-economic status, and certain social groups such as people with mental health conditions, prisoners, looked-after children and ethnic minorities. June 2016.

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This briefing examines the impact of the EU Tobacco Products Directive on e-cigarette regulation in the UK. April 2016.

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This joint briefing by ASH, NCSCT and PHE is designed for police custody officers. Its purpose is to share good practice around managing nicotine withdrawal of detainees whilst they are in police custody. April 2016.

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This document was created by ASH in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Public Health. It was endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It has been designed for health professionals and commissioners, to provide clear advice and examples of good practice in relation to smoking and surgery. April 2016.

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A joint briefing from ASH and the Fostering Network. January 2016.

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This briefing has been produced by ASH and CIEH following approaches by organisations considering permitting or prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes by their staff, clients or customers, or generally on their premises. October 2015.

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ASH Briefing –  Illicit Tobacco: What is the tobacco industry trying to do? Produced for World No Tobacco Day 2015, the briefing reports on the tobacco industry’s conflicting positions on the illicit trade. May 2015.

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A briefing for Local Authorities to help them meet their obligations as parties to the World Health Organization treaty on tobacco, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC – article 5.3) and to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. January 2015.

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A joint briefing from ASH and the Fostering Network. June 2014.

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Research shows that Point of Sale (PoS) display has a direct impact on young people’s smoking. In 2006, almost half (46%) of UK teenagers were aware of tobacco display at PoS and those professing an intention to smoke were more likely to recall brands that they had seen at the point of sale. December 2013.

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This briefing debunks claims made to try to discredit the tobacco products display ban. March 2012.

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The sale of tobacco products from vending machines became illegal in England from 1 October 2011. This briefing explains the background to the law and why it was introduced. December 2011.

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Provides guidance on tackling tobacco smoke entering the home from other premises. December 2011.

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