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* What happens now the consultation is closed? *

The Department of Health’s Consultation on the future of tobacco control closed on Monday September 8th.

What happens now?

September 8th The Department of Health will analyse the responses they’ve received from the consultation. It is estimated that over 50,000 supportive responses will be received by the government. Many of these will be in the form of postcards but there will also be hundreds of more substantive responses from across the public health community.

October 7th Action on Smoking and Health in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK will publish their landmark report Beyond Smoking Kills: protecting children, reducing inequalities. This will chart the success of the last ten years of tobacco control and lay out recommendations for the next ten years.

December The Queen’s Speech is scheduled for 3rd December. Tobacco control measures may not be included specifically, however any bill in which they may be included should be announced. Later in December the Department of Health will publish their analysis of the consultation responses.

2009 It is anticipated that a new Tobacco Control Strategy will be announced and accompanying legislation.

Over the next six months the Smokefree Action Coalition will be working with parliamentarians and the Department of Health to ensure that a comprehensive strategy is developed which will protect children and reduce the inequalities perpetuated by smoking. Members will be kept up-to-date on plans and in how they can get involved. For more information contact: info@smokefreeaction.org.uk




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