SFAC members have been instrumental in bringing about smokefree legislation in the UK. We have previously campaigned for:
Indoor smoking ban (2006/07) – Smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces has been illegal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (pdf) since 2007 and in Scotland (pdf) since 2006. This has resulted in significant improvements in public health, particularly for children and led to changes in behaviour and attitudes towards smoking.
Point of sale display ban (2012) – Since 6 April 2012 it has been illegal to display tobacco products at the point of sale in large stores, such as supermarkets. Later on, this applied to any business selling tobacco products to the public. The display of prices of tobacco products is also restricted. Following the ban on tobacco advertising in the UK in 2003, tobacco companies became increasingly reliant on displays at the point of sale to draw attention to their products and stimulate sales. This kind of in-store tobacco marketing increases the likelihood that children will take up smoking.
Ban on smoking in cars with children (2015) – The ban on smoking in cars where children are present came into effect on 1st October 2015. It is part of the Children and Families Act 2014 which also made it an offence for an adult to buy cigarettes for anyone under the age of 18. The SFAC supported the legislation and produced a party conference briefing setting out the key arguments for MPs.
Standardised ‘plain’ packaging (2016/17) – Members of the Smokefree Action Coalition played an active role in bringing about standardised packaging for tobacco products. The legislation was approved in March 2016 with the regulations coming into force in May 2016, before being fully implemented in May 2017.
Tobacco control plan (2017-2022) – The Smokefree Action Coalition successfully campaigned for the government to publish the current Tobacco Control Plan for England. We are also committed to supporting the adequately funded implementation of the Plan at the national and local level. We also urge the government to continue to update and improve its strategy over time to ensure that it remains effective.