Smoking rates dropping at fastest rate in a decade


The number of adult smokers fell by 2.2% in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures.

Over one billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, charity says


More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, although campaigners argue this number could be higher if stop smoking service cuts were reversed.

Prevention green paper blasted as ‘shopping list of half-complete ideas’


Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s prevention green paper as a ‘missed opportunity’ which neglects the role councils play in delivering public health services.

Criminals making £100m a year from London’s illegal tobacco trade


Illegal tobacco trade in London is bringing crime into communities and undermining stop smoking efforts, London Councils has warned today.

Over 500,000 social housing tenants in poverty due to smoking


Over half a million social housing tenants are living in poverty due to the cost of smoking, anti-smoking campaigners say.

Council proposes introducing more smoke-free spaces


Derbyshire residents could soon be asked to decide on whether they want more smoke-free places in their county.

Councils forced to slash stop smoking services


Government cuts mean only half of local authorities now offer smokers the best support to quit, according to campaigners.

Very few young people regularly vape, report finds


Only a small proportion of young people are regularly using e-cigarettes, according to the findings of a new report.

Plan to help problem drinkers and smokers unveiled


All problem drinkers and smokers that are admitted to hospital will be given extra support under new NHS prevention measures.

Councils urged to reduce smoking in social housing


Councils have been urged to help drive down smoking rates after research revealed smoking is twice as common in social housing than in other tenures.

One person every 80 seconds stopped smoking last year


More than a million people have stopped smoking in England since 2014, new figures have revealed.

Council to review vaping scheme after exploitation accusation


A deal between Birmingham City Council and a multi-national tobacco company to promote e-cigarettes has been branded 'a disgrace' by a government minister.

Government urged to relax regulations around use of e-cigarettes


The Government should relax regulations surrounding e-cigarettes and reconsider their use in public places, MPs have urged today.

Nine out of ten councils forced to cut health services, study reveals


Nine out of 10 councils have cut spending on public health services in response to Government reductions to their budgets.

Stop smoking services should recommend use of e-cigarettes, health body says


Local stop smoking services and healthcare professionals should provide behavioural support to those smokers wanting to quit with the help of an e-cigarette, public health body says.

Just one cigarette a day increases risk of heart disease and stroke


Councils have called for a reversal of public health cuts after research highlighted the danger of people smoking just one cigarette a day.

Public health cuts undermine support for smokers


Cuts in public health grants have led to a ‘dramatic’ change in local services aimed at helping people quit smoking, according to anti-smoking campaigners.

Sales of vape starter kits soar by 29% as NHS Stoptober campaign embraces e-cigarettes


The latest sales figures show that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates across the UK has not only been widely accepted, but capitalised upon this Stoptober.

Quitting at ‘decade high’ as smokers prepare for Stoptober


Those who wish to quit smoking are preparing for a month without tobacco as new figures reveal quitting success rates are at their highest for ‘at least a decade’.

Number of smoker drops by 1.9 million since ban


The number of smokers in Britain has fallen by 1.9 million since the smoking ban was introduced ten years ago, new figures have revealed.

Young adults turning away from cigarettes, figures suggest


The percentage of young adults who smoke in England has fallen by over 5% in the last five years, new figures show.

Welsh Assembly passes 'radical' health bill


Councils will be required to publish a ‘local toilets strategy’ and ban smoking in playgrounds after a radical new Bill was approved in Wales.

Council rolls out voluntary smoking ban in play areas


A voluntary smoking ban across 80 children’s play areas has been rolled out by Oxford City Council following a successful three-month trial.

Smoking-related illnesses cost councils £760m a year


Local authorities in England face a bill of £760m a year to help people with smoking-related illnesses stay in their own homes, campaigners say.

Stop Smoking Services: 'Don't Quit on Us'


Philip Brownlie explains why all councillors should help call for more funding to enable councils to run effective Stop Smoking Services.

Vaping products included in tobacco council survey


E-cigarettes and products associated with vaping have been included in a survey of the activity of council trading standards teams for the first time.

Six out of ten councils forced to cut stop smoking services


Six out of ten councils have been forced to reduce their Stop Smoking Services in the past year due to funding cuts, according to new research.

Experts issue warning over 'exploding' e-cigarettes


Cheap and imported vaping kits have led to an increase in the number of smokers injured by ‘exploding’ devices, health experts have warned.

Parks should be ‘no smoking zones’ to protect children, experts say


Local authorities should ban smoking in areas where children play or learn, environmental health professionals urge.

City of Edinburgh Council cleans up with ballot bin


Edinburgh has adopted an innovative way of discouraging smokers from discarding their cigarette butts on the ground—the ballot bin.

Calderdale considers banning smoking outside council buildings


Smoking could soon be banned outside council buildings, under new plans being considered by Calderdale Council.

Retailers ‘flout’ laws on selling e-cigarettes to children


Four in ten retailers flout the laws on nicotine inhaling products, study shows.

Rise in number of pregnant women giving up smoking


The number of pregnant women still smoking when they give birth has fallen to the lowest level since figures were recorded.

Figures show hospital admissions from smoking is increasing


Blackpool had the highest estimated hospital admission rate for smoking-related conditions in England in 2014-15, according to the latest figures.

Birmingham’s shisha bars like ‘smog-hit Beijing’


Customers in some of Birmingham’s shisha bars experience pollution levels higher than those in ‘smog-hit Beijing’, report says.

Council bans smoking from beach


A beach in Pembrokeshire is set to become the first in Wales to be smoke-free.

Report shows extent councils are scaling back on stop smoking schemes


Around 40% of councils have cut their stop smoking services following reductions in public heath budgets, a new report has revealed.

Tackling the UK’s big butt problem


Designated areas for smokers can help tackle the expensive problem of discarded cigarette butts, claim Keep Britain Tidy.

Nearly half a million households could be lifted out of poverty if they quit smoking claims new data


An estimated 418,000 households could be lifted out of poverty if they quit smoking, according to a new ‘Local Poverty Calculator’ published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

MPs call for increase in tobacco tax


MPs are calling for an increase in tobacco tax to persuade more people to stop smoking.

Council launches one-stop health shop


Medway Council has opened a shop to give people advice on healthy eating, giving up smoking and tackling substance misuse.

Councils urge residents to kick smoking habit


Councils across the country are urging smokers to give up cigarettes ahead of new legislation that bans smoking in cars carrying children.

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