Tobacco

Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in England, accounting for more than 80,000 premature deaths each year. Tobacco use is one of the most significant causes of health inequalities and one of our most significant public health challenges. About 21% of adults in England smoke, although rates are much higher in some areas.

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Tobacco packaging consultation extended

In response to requests, the deadline for responding to the plain packaging consultation has been extended by one month, to 10 August. The Department wants to maximise the opportunity that … Read more → – Tobacco packaging consultation extended

Key information on tobacco vending machines

Vending machines made it easy for under-18s to buy cigarettes because they were self-service and often unsupervised. In 2010, 8% of 11 to 15 year olds who regularly smoked said … Read more → – Key information on tobacco vending machines

Consultation launched on standardised tobacco packaging

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A UK-wide consultation seeking views on whether tobacco products should be sold in standardised packaging has been launched. The government is exploring whether action on tobacco packaging has the potential … Read more → – Consultation launched on standardised tobacco packaging

Tobacco displays in shops to end from today

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New legislation comes into effect today to protect children from being the target of tobacco promotion and to help people quit smoking. All large shops and supermarkets in England now … Read more → – Tobacco displays in shops to end from today

Campaign warns of dangers of secondhand smoke

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A national advertising campaign launches today to emphasise the dangers of secondhand smoke in the home and in cars. More than 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and odourless, and … Read more → – Campaign warns of dangers of secondhand smoke

Key information on tobacco displays

Evidence shows that the display of tobacco products in shops can promote smoking by young people and undermine the resolve of adult smokers who are trying to quit. There are … Read more → – Key information on tobacco displays

Smokers reminded about help available to quit

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Smokers are today being reminded to pick up an NHS Quit Kit to help them stop smoking. The NHS Quit Kit, which is available free from thousands of pharmacies across … Read more → – Smokers reminded about help available to quit