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If implemented throughout the UK, it is estimated that the ASSIST programme would prevent 20,000 young people taking up smoking each year.

Recent Smoking & ASSIST News

  • Smoking in cars with children: £10,000 fine for lighting up in front of kids - Smoking in cars carrying children is to be made illegal with offenders facing fines of up to £10,000. From October 2015, smoking in cars with children in them is to be banned - and even allowing a passenger to light up will become a criminal offence. A ...
  • Smoking rates halve since 1970s in Britain - George Butterworth, tobacco policy manager at Cancer Research UK, said: "Smoking rates don't come down on their own. Successive government interventions such as tax rises, bans on advertising and smoke-free legislation have contributed to this downward trend.
  • Smoking rates halve since 1970s - "Standardised packaging is an important step in making this lethal product less attractive to children" - George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK Data from the Office for National Statistics for 2013 show that one in five British people (19 per cent) smoke.
  • Cigarette smoking by U.S. adults reaches record low: CDC - About 17.8 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2013, down from 20.9 percent in 2005 and 42.4 percent in 1965, when the U.S. government began keeping records on smoking, the federal health agency said. While the continuing decline is encouraging ...
  • Government's own Research Shows E-cigs Not a Gateway to Smoking - He added that “‘second hand smoke’ is almost certainly harmless” and said ... Regulatory Agency is expected to license e-cigarettes as a medicine in the UK. Following this survey, campaign groups and manufactures may well be questioning the ...
  • Wales remains near the top of the UK smoking chart despite a drop in numbers - The Welsh Government says it welcomes a reduction in the number of people smoking, which kills around 5,500 in Wales every year The number of smokers is falling in Wales - but still remains above UK average Wales remains near the top of the UK smoking ...
  • Smoking by numbers - 25 th November 2014 -- The latest facts on smoking in the UK have been released and they show that smoking rates have more than halved over the past 40 years. The Office for National Statistics’ publication, Adult Smoking Habits in Great Britain 2013 ...
  • Scotland has among the highest number of smokers across the UK - The level of cigarette smoking in Scotland is the second highest in the UK, according to new figures. One in five people in Scotland aged 18 and over smoke (21%), the highest proportion in Britain outside the north east of England. Smoking is responsible ...
  • ASSIST working groups - There are two ASSIST working group meetings scheduled for September. The Wales and South West meeting is on 11th September, […]
  • Contrasting views of academics on e-cigarettes - Two letters on the topics of tobacco harm reduction and electronic nicotine delivery systems have been written to the Director […]