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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Smoking health harm campaign launched

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The department has launched a new campaign to encourage smokers to quit in the New Year. The campaign aims to increase awareness by highlighting the immediate damage being done by every … Read more → – Smoking health harm campaign launched

Chief Medical Officer publishes her first annual report

This first of 2 volumes of the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies’s annual report provides a comprehensive picture of England’s health. It brings together a number of data … Read more → – Chief Medical Officer publishes her first annual report

Distributing quit kits in 2013

Following the success of this year’s Quit Kit campaign, the Department would like to invite pharmacies across England to distribute Quit Kits to smokers between January and March 2013. The … Read more → – Distributing quit kits in 2013

Change to no-smoking signs regulations

The duty to display no-smoking signs in smoke-free premises and vehicles in England is being made simpler. Since 1 October, at least 1 legible no-smoking sign must still be displayed … Read more → – Change to no-smoking signs regulations

Stoptober starts today!

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A new stop smoking campaign – Stoptober – officially kicks off today with support from celebrities nationwide. The campaign encourages smokers across England to take up the challenge to stop … Read more → – Stoptober starts today!

Stop Smoking Service: monitoring and guidance update published

This document provides an update on the key developments and changes since the publication of the Local stop smoking services: service delivery and monitoring guidance 2011/12. Read the updated guidance: … Read more → – Stop Smoking Service: monitoring and guidance update published

Stoptober campaign kicks off in one week

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Just one week to go until the nation’s smokers get a chance to start their 28-day joint quit attempt. The innovative campaign, Stoptober, which is backed by Cancer Research UK … Read more → – Stoptober campaign kicks off in one week