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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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

Tobacco displays in supermarkets to be removed by 6 April

Large shops will no longer be able to display tobacco products to the public from 6 April 2012 – there are just 100 days to go before removal of all … Read more → – Tobacco displays in supermarkets to be removed by 6 April

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

Cigarette sales from vending machines banned

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The sale of tobacco from vending machines is now prohibited across England. The ban has been introduced to prevent under-age sales to children and to support adults who are trying … Read more → – Cigarette sales from vending machines banned

Distributing quit kits in 2012

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 2012. The … Read more → – Distributing quit kits in 2012

Healthy lives, healthy people: our strategy for public health in England

The white paper: Healthy lives, healthy people – our strategy for public health in England, published in November 2010, aims to create a ‘wellness’ service (Public Health England) and to strengthen … Read more → – Healthy lives, healthy people: our strategy for public health in England