The NHS Smokefree Pledge

In January 2018 the Smokefree Action Coalition launched the NHS Smokefree Pledge.


The Pledge is designed to be a clear and visible way for NHS organisations to show their commitment to helping smokers to quit and to providing smokefree environments which support them.


The Pledge has been endorsed by the former Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP,  and the Chief Executives of NHS England and Public Health England. It is an update to the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control.

“While smoking rates are at an all-time low, it is still our country’s biggest preventable killer—so we are absolutely committed to helping people quit for life. The NHS Smokefree Pledge supports the bold ambitions set out in our new Tobacco Control Plan. It is fantastic to see the NHS making such a powerful statement to help us push for a smokefree generation.”
Steve Brine MP
Public Health Minister at the time of the Pledge's launch

Photos from the launch event...

Singing the Pledge

Publicising your commitment

We encourage all NHS organisations to sign the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

Signing the Pledge is simple – a briefing note explaining the process is available for you to download here. 

Don’t forget to let us know when you sign the Pledge so we can celebrate your commitment and provide you with supporting materials.

You can download a copy of the NHS Smokefree Pledge here. If you want to professionally print several copies for display across your organisation, you can download a version with printer marks and bleed, here.

Once you have signed the pledge, you can add our display buttons to your website to show all of your visitors the positive action you’ve taken. The buttons are free and are available in square, landscape and high-res formats.

It’s also worth telling your local community about signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge. The public is supportive of efforts to reduce the harm caused by tobacco. To make this easy for you, you can download a template press release here. If you’re sharing your good news on Twitter, be sure to use the tag #NHSPledge.

"The NHS admits a patient every minute because of a smoking related disease and 1 in 4 beds are occupied by a smoker. Given that most smokers want to quit, this is an unparalleled opportunity for NHS staff to do all possible to help them quit.  NHS England has committed hospitals and mental health services to become truly smokefree by 2019 and I am delighted that the Smokefree Action Coalition has made it possible for each of them to publicly pledge their commitment to this."
Duncan Selbie
Chief Executive, Public Health England

The NHS Smokefree Pledge is endorsed by...

“Most smokers want to quit and we’re seeing good progress on lower smoking rates. To build on this we’d now like to see NHS organisations across the country sign up to the NHS Smokefree Pledge.”
Simon Stevens
Chief Executive, NHS England

NHS Smokefree Pledge signatories

Name of CCGDate signed
Newcastle Gateshead CCGJanuary 2018
Knowsley CCGFebruary 2018
Heywood Middleton and Rochdale CCGFebruary 2018
Somerset CCG
May 2018
Greater Preston CCG
May-2018
Chorley and South Ribble CCG
May 2018
Bath and North East Somerset CCG
May 2018
West Lancashire CCG May 2018
Brent CCG
May 2018
Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
May 2018
Wirral Health and Care Commissioning May 2018
Vale of York CCGJune 2018
Lambeth CCGJuly 2018
West Leicestershire CCG
July 2018
Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCGJuly 2018
City and Hackney CCGSeptember 2018
City and Hackney GP Confederation
September 2018
North Durham CCG
November 2018
Salford CCG
November 2018
Tameside and Glossop CCG
November 2018
Sunderland CCGMarch 2019
Wakefield CCGApril 2019
West Kent CCGApril 2019
Greater Huddersfield CCGApril 2019
North Kirklees CCGApril 2019

Name of TrustDate signed
Whittington Health NHS Trust January 2018
South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustJanuary 2018
Leicester Partnership NHS TrustJanuary 2018
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation TrustJanuary 2018
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS TrustJanuary 2018
Devon Partnership NHS TrustJanuary 2018
Notinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustJanuary 2018
Mersey Care NHS Foundation TrustJanuary 2018
South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation TrustFebruary 2018
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustMarch 2018
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation TrustApril 2018
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
May 2018
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust May 2018
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
May 2018
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
May 2018
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
May 2018
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
May 2018
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust May 2018
Adler Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
June 2018
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation June 2018
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation TrustJune 2018
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation TrustJune 2018
George Elliot Hospital NHS TrustJune 2018
Wye Valley NHS TrustJuly 2018
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
July 2018
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
July 2018
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation TrustJuly 2018
Claterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
July 2018
Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
July 2018
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
July 2018
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
July 2018
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
August 2018
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
September 2018
East London Foundation Trust September 2018
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustSeptember 2018
Medway NHS Foundation TrustOctober 2018
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust October 2018
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
November 2018
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
January 2019
Isle of Wight NHS TrustMarch 2019

Contact us

If you have any questions about the NHS Smokefree Pledge, or to let us know that your NHS organisation has signed, do get in touch by clicking the email icon.