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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

  • How to give up smoking, the philosophical way - My brother’s friend told me he always travelled in the smoking-carriage of the underground, where all the cool chicks were. By the time I was 15 my school was divided into the smokers and the non-smokers. Those who refused to smoke were aliens from an ...
  • The Netherlands - where people openly smoke marijuana - Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. The BBC's Anna Holligan visited a cafe in Amsterdam where people smoke as much marijuana as they like ...
  • Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan - I pretty much promise you that. Serving with the British Army in Afghanistan is, on one admittedly superficial reading of the statistics, not as dangerous as smoking. (As far as I can work out, rather more than 10,000 UK men and women have served in ...
  • Watch out: the anti-smoking fanatics now want to regulate drinking - Back in August I warned that the anti-smoking lobby would not rest after its triumph in forcing through "plain packaging" on cigarettes. I hadn’t expected to be proved right so quickly. The House of Lords has invited the so-called UK Centre For Tobacco ...
  • No asbestos in smoke from warehouse fire in Glasgow - Smoke from the site of a warehouse fire in Glasgow does not contain asbestos, it has been confirmed. Fire crews had warned local people near the site, on Jessie Street, at Polmadie, to close their windows amid concerns asbestos might be present. A ...
  • Smoking Cessation Resource Centre - Every year, around 114,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking-related causes. There are about 9.4m adults who smoke in Great Britain; this is around a sixth of the total UK population. Smoking-related illnesses are on the increase and have become a ...
  • Banning smoking in public places will not do much harm - The Mayor of London’s health commission has recommended banning smoking in the UK capital’s public parks, which they say would make it one of the world’s healthiest cities. New York did the same thing in 2011 and former mayor Michael Bloomberg cities ...
  • 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 […]