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Smoking and Reproduction

Cigarette smoking can affect fertility in both women and men, sexual function in men, pregnant women’s health, the health of an unborn child, and the health of young children. December 2016.

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Smoking, the Heart and Circulation

Cardiovascular disease refers to disorders of the heart and circulatory system. Smoking causes around 25,000 deaths from heart and circulatory disease in the UK each year. October 2016.

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Smoking in Cars

Information on smoking and cars is now available in the Smokefree Legislation fact sheet.

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Smoking and Meningococcal Disease

Exposure to tobacco smoke via both active and passive smoking has been shown to increase the risk of developing meningococcal disease. July 2016.

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Smoking and Disease

Smoking causes around 80% of deaths from lung cancer, around 80% of deaths from bronchitis and emphysema, and about 14% of deaths from heart disease. More than a quarter of all cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking.

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Briefing: Smoking and surgery

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.

Joint Briefing: Smoking and Surgery
The Stolen Years report

The Stolen Years

  • People with mental health conditions die on average 10-20 years earlier than the general population and smoking is the single largest factor accounting for this difference

  • Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a current mental health condition with smoking rates more than double that of the general population

The Stolen Years, a report by ASH, endorsed by 27 health and mental health organisations, sets out recommendations for how smoking rates for people with a mental health condition could be dramatically reduced.


These include improved training of healthcare staff, better access to stop smoking medication and a move towards smokefree mental health settings.


The report was launched in Parliament on 12th April 2016. You can view images from the launch here.

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ASH Briefing: Health inequalities and smoking

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.

ASH Briefing: Health inequalities and smoking

UK Tobacco Control Policy and Expenditure: An overview

Health policy is largely formulated and implemented by the devolved administrations of each of the member countries of the United Kingdom. However, as tobacco falls within the remit of a number of different government departments: e.g. Treasury, Business, HMRC as well as Health, tobacco control policy is partly determined at UK-wide level and partly by the devolved administrations. The four nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have responsibility for their own smoking cessation and health education campaigns while UK-wide policy and law applies to taxation, smuggling, advertising, and consumer protection issues such as the provision of health warnings on tobacco packaging. Some of these measures are determined by European Union legislation.

UK Tobacco Control Policy and Expenditure: An overview

ASH response to consultation on Smoking Drinking & Drug use survey

ASH response to a HSCIC consultation on the Smoking Drinking & Drug use among young people survey.


ASH Research Report: Asthma and smoking

This Research Report examines asthma and smoking: the causes and the consequences.

ASH Research Report: Asthma and smoking

Foster care, adoption and electronic cigarettes

A joint briefing from ASH and the Fostering Network.

Foster care, adoption and electronic cigarettes

ASH Research Report: Smoking and Peripheral Arterial Disease

This research report reviews the health consequences of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and reveals that quitting smoking is the best form of treatment. PAD is a type of vascular disease that affects the arteries. Smoking is the most important preventable risk factor for peripheral arterial disease. December 2017.

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Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy – A call to action

Smoking during pregnancy causes up to 2,200 premature births, 5,000 miscarriages and 300 perinatal deaths every year in the UK. This report, by a coalition of baby charities, campaigners, leading academics and health experts, outlines recommendations for commissioners, providers, royal colleges, government bodies, training organisations and third sector organisations.

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