About the Smokefree Action Coalition

The Smokefree Action Coalition (SFAC) is a group of over 300 organisations across the UK committed to ending smoking. The Coalition is coordinated by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

The SFAC’s geographical remit is England for devolved matters such as health, and UK-wide for reserved matters such as tax and illegal tobacco.

In the UK we work with our sister organisations, ASH Scotland, ASH Wales and ASH Northern Ireland, all of whom are members of the SFAC. Internationally we work with the Smokefree Partnership and the Framework Convention Alliance to support implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Our ambition is to end smoking by 2030 and make smoking history for our children. 

Our ambition is now the vision of the Government which announced a smoke-free 2030 ambition in its Prevention Green Paper and that it would look at options for revenue raising as recommended by the SFAC.

This vision was set out in the SFAC strategy 2018-20 which also set out as a key objective making the manufacturers pay for tobacco control in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

The SFAC is now campaigning to ensure the Government delivers on its ambition and the means to deliver it.

We are delighted that the Government is supporting our ambition for England to be smokefree by 2030. This is a major step forward from the Tobacco Control Plan 2017.

The Prevention Green Paper which sets out this ambition also commits to setting out further proposals at a later date to support its delivery. The ‘polluter pays’ approach to funding tobacco control which the SFAC is campaigning for is under consideration. 

There are also changes due to the NHS Long Term Plan commitments to deliver smoking cessation in the NHS.

We are currently updating the SFAC strategy 2018-2020 in response to these developments.  The overarching strategic objectives are clear. They focus on what is needed to achieve the smokefree 2030 vision of smoking rates below 5%. We need to secure:

  • A new Tobacco Control Plan to deliver on the smokefree 2030 ambition
  • Sustainable funding for tobacco control at national, regional and local level targeted to help reduce inequalities.
  • New interim targets for reductions in smoking prevalence to deliver a smokefree England by 2030 for all.
  • Funding for public education campaigns at national and regional level to motivate quitting and discourage youth uptake
  • Access to help to quit for all smokers
  • Greater reductions in affordability through increased taxation
  • A renewed and refreshed Government strategy to control the illicit trade
  • Stricter regulation of tobacco, its sale, marketing and use
  • Renewed funding for low and middle income countries to support implementation of the international tobacco treaty.
  • Appropriate regulation and use of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit while managing and minimising the risk of uptake by never smokers