The Smokefree Action Coalition recognises that the NHS has a pivotal role to play in creating the UK’s first smokefree generation.
This has been recognised by the Government and the NHS, with a number of smokefree objectives being set for the health service in recent years through the Tobacco Control Plan for England and the NHS Long Term Plan.
The Smokefree Action Coalition provides a range of support to see these objectives met.
A Pledge for NHS organisations to demonstrate their commitmnt publically to a smokefree NHS, co-ordinated by the Smokefree Action Coalition and endorsed by the Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England, NHS England and others.
The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group is a coalition of health and baby charities committed to reducing rates of smoking in pregnancy. The Group produces campaigns and produces a range of resources to support NHS partners to see this ambition realised.
The Partnership was established in 2016 to redress the inequality in smoking rates and outcomes for people with mental health conditions, ensuring that none are left behind as we move towards a smokefree generation. The Partnership campaigns and produces a range of resources to support these goals.
Towards a Smokefree Generation: A Tobacco Control Plan for England, was published in 2017 by the Department of Health (now the Department of Health and Social Care). It set out a number of commitments for the NHS to support the achievement of a smokefree generation and still guides activity in this area today.
Published in January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan sets out NHS England's key ambitions for the next 10 years and makes a number of key commitments around smoking for the health service to implement including new support for smokers admitted to hospital and specific support for pregnancy and mental health pathways.
A specific commitment made in the 2017 Tobacco Control Plan for England was the implementation of NICE PH48 in all mental health contexts by 2018 and implemented across secondary care contexts by 2020.