The ASH Briefings provide supporting evidence for a range of tobacco control measures.
Evidence into practice briefings
This evidence into practice briefing is a guide for local authorities and NHS organisations about how to use communications to motivate smokers to change their behaviour. It is designed to help localities to embed their communications activity in a broader approach to tobacco control designed to drive down smoking prevalence, with case studies to provide examples of good practice at local and regional level.
This briefing sets out the rationale for carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring and effective data collection throughout pregnancy, and the central role these play in supporting pregnant women to quit smoking. The briefing highlights opportunities for improving data collection, reviews the evidence base for CO monitoring, and includes evidence-based case studies from areas that have improved their data collection and CO monitoring procedures to provide better-quality support to pregnant women who smoke.
This evidence into practice briefing looking at smoking prevalence among people from different BME backgrounds. The briefing sets out the current evidence, a series of case studies and lessons for practice on what local authorities can be doing to further reduce tobacco use among BME populations.
This joint evidence into practice briefing from ASH and the LGBT Foundation sets out evidence and examples for local authorities on engaging with smokers from LGBT communities to reduce the high levels of tobacco use among LGBT populations.
This briefing looks at the evidence around use of different smokeless tobacco products among communities in England and the risks these products pose to health. It includes case studies from local areas and recommendations for practice to help further reduce tobacco consumption.
This Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group briefing sets out the evidence base smokefree pregnancy incentive schemes and ‘Lessons for Practice’ based on examples of schemes that have been implemented. The briefing has been endorsed by ASH, Fresh, the NCSCT, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Sands and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre.
This Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group briefing should support the delivery of interventions to reduce smoking prevalence among pregnant women’s partners or other household members. It reviews the evidence base for interventions targeting partners and includes case studies from programmes currently underway in England.
This Mental Health and Smoking Partnership briefing sets out the recommendations of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance PH48: Smoking: acute, maternity and mental health services, on the support that should be available to smokers accessing mental health services.
This briefing sets out the joint position of ASH, ASH Wales and The Fostering Network in relation to foster care, adoption, smoking and vaping (use of electronic cigarettes). It is intended to set out the current evidence base and aims to support organisations working with foster carers and adoptive parents to develop evidence-based policies on smoking and e-cigarette use.
A one-sided briefing in collaboration with the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction explaining the Cochrane Review of behavioural interventions for smoking cessation, setting out what it shows and the implications for practice. March 2021.
A one-sided briefing explaining the updated Cochrane Review of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation, setting out what’s new and the implications for practice. October 2020.
Briefing for councils on the evidence for imposing a local condition to require seating to be 100% smokefree. September 2020.
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.
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.
2017 marked ten years since smokefree legislation came into force in England. This briefing outlines some of the key facts. July 2017.
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.
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.
A briefing summarising the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on tobacco control laws. August 2016.
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, people in contact with the criminal justice system, looked-after children and ethnic minorities. September 2019.
This briefing examines the impact of the EU Tobacco Products Directive on e-cigarette regulation in the UK. April 2016.
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.
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. The briefing was accompanied by a handout for patients with information about the benefits of quitting smoking before surgery. April 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This briefing debunks claims made to try to discredit the tobacco products display ban. March 2012.
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.