Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

The Department of Health is responsible for Government health policy on the harmful use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

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Smokers get help to quit

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A national TV and radio advertising campaign has been launched today to encourage smokers to quit. From today smokers can pick up a new and improved NHS Quit Kit from … Read more → – Smokers get help to quit

Statistical releases on breastfeeding and on smoking

The Department today published the latest quarterly statistics on: breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks – Quarter 2, 2011/12 smoking at delivery – Quarter 2, 2011/12 Key … Read more → – Statistical releases on breastfeeding and on smoking

Drug recovery pilots evaluation contract awarded

The University of Manchester has been awarded a research contract for the independent evaluation of the Department of Health’s drug and alcohol recovery payment by results pilots programme. The evaluation … Read more → – Drug recovery pilots evaluation contract awarded

Watch the quit smoking TV ad

The Department’s second wave of its advertising campaign featuring real children, not actors, talking about how worried they are about their parents’ smoking, is running currently. The adverts encourage smokers to order … Read more → – Watch the quit smoking TV ad

All children really want this Christmas is their parents to quit smoking

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As the Department launches a second wave of its advertising campaign aimed at getting loved ones to quit smoking, new research reveals children’s anti-smoking attitudes. Featuring real children, not actors, … Read more → – All children really want this Christmas is their parents to quit smoking

Commissioning of substance misuse services from April 2013

A joint letter from Richard Bradshaw, the DH Director of Offender Health, and Rosanna O’Connor, the Director of Delivery for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, has been published … Read more → – Commissioning of substance misuse services from April 2013

Outcome definitions agreed for drugs recovery pilot bids

Detailed definitions that should be used in measuring outcomes from pilots relating to the Drug and Alcohol Payment by Results initiative have been agreed and finalised.  These have resulted from successful … Read more → – Outcome definitions agreed for drugs recovery pilot bids