Photo of a person using a typewriterThe Smokefree Action Coalition sends out regular monthly updates by email. You can read the most recent three updates below. To sign up for the email and join the Coalition, please email admin@smokefreeaction.org.uk

August 2017

Local Tobacco Control Survey

The ASH/CRUK Local Tobacco Control Survey 2017 is now open.

Please complete this 15/20 minute questionnaire if you lead on tobacco control and/or smoking cessation in your local authority.

The link will be open until 25th August 2017: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PW9PKRS.

The purpose of this survey is to provide information on the state of tobacco control work within England. Your response will contribute to our work to improve the support and resources available for local tobacco control. The report of last year’s findings is available to download here.

If your portfolio covers more than one local authority please do not fill in this survey. Please email admin@smokefreeaction.org.uk and we’ll send you a tailored survey.


Cancer Research UK – Ask Government to fund the Tobacco Control Plan

Cancer Research UK is launching the next phase of the ‘Don’t Quit on Us’ campaign which focuses on funding for the new Tobacco Control Plan and stop smoking services.

CRUK has prepared the following tweets to be used by partners to promote this campaign using the hashtag #DontQuitOnUs and linking to a campaign petition and further resources

  • Stop Smoking Services are 2/3 more effective than quitting cold turkey. Help stop cuts to the Public Health Grant: http://po.st/yrQvIk.
  • We’re asking the Government to halt the cuts to the Public Health Budget. Act today: http://po.st/yrQvIk.
  • 2/3 of people want to quit smoking – let’s help them get the support they need. Take action: http://po.st/yrQvIk.


Smokefree Skills: An assessment of maternity workforce training

In July ASH launched this report analysing the training of midwives and obstetricians in smoking cessations support. The report looks at how smoking is dealt with in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, and makes various recommendations to improve the training of the maternity workforce. The report is available here, and the executive summary is available here.


  • ASH Cancer Factsheet Update

The ASH Factsheet on Smoking and Cancer has been updated to incorporate new data and research available. The updated version was released on World lung Cancer Day, the 1st August.

The factsheet can be downloaded here.

  • Greater Manchester Tobacco Control Strategy

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has released its tobacco control strategy, Making Smoking History – A Tobacco Free Greater Manchester.  A public-facing version of the strategy can be downloaded here.

This strategy is released as Greater Manchester looks to take advantage of the newly devolved powers it now holds. It contains various ambitions such as reducing the rate of smoking in pregnancy to 6% by 2021, and reducing smoking prevalence in routine and manual workers to 21% by 2020.

June 2017 


Secondhand Smoke is Poison

Secondhand smoke campaigns have a strong evidence base in encouraging people to take their smoking outside and also to quit. Fresh, supported by the British Lung Foundation, has launched its new campaign – Secondhand Smoke is Poison – in the North East. This is aimed at giving smokers the facts around the toxic, lingering nature of secondhand smoke and a clear call to action to protect their children. This is based upon the Take It Right Outside campaign by the Scottish government.

The five-week campaign began on Monday 19 June, with regional ITV reaching around 1.3 million adults, radio, PR and news, a digital campaign with website offering tips and support to quit, and resources such as printed materials for partners.

Fresh is promoting the campaign via social media on Facebook and twitter – you can support this by finding Fresh @FreshSmokeFree on Twitter – hashtag #smokefreefamilies.

The campaign website is here. You can view campaign videos on YouTube here and you can read the launch press release here.

Smokefree anniversary campaign

As you may know, the 1st July will mark ten years since the implementation of smokefree legislation in England. ASH are publishing a series of blogposts on Medium in the run-up to the anniversary, and tweeting to celebrate this. If you have any content that you would like to be shared via Medium or Twitter, let us know and we can post it. We will be using the hashtags: #ActOnTobacco and #Smokefree10.


Adult smoking prevalence

New statistics on adult smoking prevalence, produced by the ONS, were published on 15th June, and they are available here. The data shows that the rate of smoking fell in 2016 to 15.5% for England, and 15.8% for the UK, the lowest rate recorded.

Smoking at the Time of Delivery

New statistics on smoking rates in pregnancy, published on 15th June, are available are available here. They show that the rate of smoking in pregnancy has stagnated, with the rate for the fourth quarter of 2016/17 showing an increase, to 10.8%.  The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group press release on this is here.


Mental Health Smokefree Webinar

On Tuesday 4th July, The Mental Health and Smoking Partnership hosted a webinar on the implementation of smokefree policies in mental health inpatient settings.

It featured presentations from Trusts, the Care Quality Commission and the lead author of NICE Guidance PH48. You can watch the video below.

NHS Digital Health Survey Tool

NHS Digital have created graphics charting the changes in lifestyle habits in England over the past 25 years.  The section on smoking is available here. The tool can be used to chart smoking rates by age, and by sex.

Smoking in Pregnancy Yammer Group

A reminder that ASH coordinates the Smoking in Pregnancy Yammer group. This networking group allows colleagues to post articles, questions, and comments. We encourage anyone working in this area to get involved and the group can be accessed here.

SFAC Website

As you may recall, work recently began developing the new SFAC website. This is continuing and the work is going well, with an early preview hopefully coming in the next couple of weeks. One new addition will be a page which hosts links to other useful resources. If you would like to include a link to your social channels, such as Twitter or Facebook, or a blog or other source of content, please send this over to Stevie and he will make sure it is included.