Smokefree Councillor Network resources

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Find all the tools you need to support your role as a member of the Smokefree Councillor Network below

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

Local authorities are at the frontline of COVID-19 responses. ASH and partners in the Smokefree Action Coalition have produced a range of resources to support councils to respond to the crisis. Resources most relevant to councillors can be found here: 

Smoking and COVID-19 councillor briefing

A short, 2-sided briefing to keep councillors updated on the latest evidence on smoking and COVID-19 and what local councils can be doing right now. Updated January 2021.

#QuitforCovid FAQs

Reviewed by clinical and academic experts and updated with the evolving evidence, this document is designed to answer any questions you, your colleagues or your constituents may have about quitting smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic (last updated 11th January).

Smoking and COVID-19 professional resources

A range of resources to support local authority practice and communications around smoking and COVID-19 including template press releases, social media assets and guidance on stop smoking support provision.

Smoking and COVID-19 webinars

Webinars covering a range of topics on smoking and COVID-19 including the latest evidence, key messages for local authorities and best practice case studies from localities across England.

General resources

Making the case

This short briefing summarises the key reasons why local authorities should take comprehensive action on tobacco control and why it remains top of the agenda.

Councillors' briefings

This series of briefings for councillors provide short summaries of key topics relating to local authority tobacco control.

Ready Reckoner

Calculate the costs of smoking to your local area (including ward level data) with our Ready Reckoner.

Health inequalities resource pack

A series of briefings on population groups affected by smoking related health inequalities such as homeless individuals, the LGBT community, those with long-term conditions and mental health conditions, amongst others.

Local public opinion 2020

These regional briefings provide a short digest of public opinion from recent YouGov surveys on key topics such as smoking in the home, support for new legislation and trust in the tobacco industry.

*NEW* Annual tobacco control report

Written by ASH and commissioned by Cancer Research UK, reports on the state of funding for, and provision of, local authority tobacco control measures and smoking cessation services in England since the transfer of public health from the NHS to councils in 2013.

FCTC Article 5.3 toolkit

Local authorities have a duty to protect their public health policies from the vested and commercial interests of the tobacco industry. This toolkit explains why we treat the tobacco industry differently and what steps local authorities should be taking to do so.


For any questions or for further information on any of the resources above, please don't hesitate to get in touch