Photo shows Big Ben at sunsetAs a result of the transfer of public health to local government in April 2013 and an increasing emphasis on localism, the role of local delivery of tobacco control has become even more important. High quality local tobacco control supports action to reduce the number of people who smoke and improve the health of our communities.

This page provides links to a number of areas where the Smokefree Action Coalition and its members are providing support to local tobacco control.


Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control– This is a statement that over 80 councils have signed as a commitment to including tobacco control within their public health work.

NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control – This is a sister document to the Local Government Declaration above. It was developed to enable the health community to support colleagues in local government in their tobacco control work.

The case for local action on tobacco control – a toolkit 
 – ASH hosts this collection of resources, guides and information to help support local public health professionals.

Health inequalities resource pack  – Smoking is a significant cause of, and contributor to, health inequalities. ASH has a number of resources related to smoking and health inequality, including a Smoking and Poverty Calculator tool, and information about how smoking affects particular groups within society.

CLeaR: excellence in local tobacco control  – The CLeaR model is designed to help local public health organisations review and improve their tobacco control work.

Making the case for strong local tobacco control – a briefing – This document is designed to help you make the case for evidence-based local tobacco control. It provides answers to many commonly asked questions

Briefing on health inequalities – Tobacco is to blame for half the difference in life expectancy between rich and poor. This briefing outlines ways in which we can tackle this inequality.

Top of the Agenda 2013: the new public health system – In 2013 the public health system was significantly changed. This guide explored the risks and opportunities those working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.