Smokefree Local Government

As 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 vital. 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

A statement signed by over 80 councils as a commitment to including comprehensive tobacco control within their public health work.

NHS Smokefree Pledge

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.

Smokefree Councillor Network

Established in February 2019, the network is a cross-party group of elected members committed to achieving comprehensive local government action on tobacco and the elimination of the harm it causes in our communities.

Local Toolkit

ASH hosts this collection of resources, guides and information to help support local public health professionals.

Making the case 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

CLeaR: excellence in local tobacco control

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

Health inequalities briefing

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.