Tobacco control

Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020
The central theme of this report, enshrined in many international treaties, is the universal right to health, including for those who for whatever reason continue to engage in risky behaviours. Harm reduction refers to a range of pragmatic policies, regulations and actions which either reduce health risks by providing safer forms of products or substances, or encourage less risky behaviours. Harm reduction does not focus primarily on the eradication of products or behaviours | KAC, UK

Ban on menthol flavoured cigarettes comes into force on 20 May 2020
From Wednesday 20th May 2020, the sale of menthol flavoured cigarettes will be prohibited.The legislation stems from the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2014. It has been transposed into UK law and will remain in force after the end of the transition period for leaving the EU comes to an end on 31 December 2020 | ASH, UK

No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report 2018
Every six seconds someone dies from a smoking-related disease and the problem is likely to worsen; the steep smoking declines in richer countries are slowing while in poorer countries smoking is set to rise. Existing forms of tobacco control are proving insufficient. There is substantial international, independent evidence that safer nicotine products could lead to a global revolution in public health. Time is way overdue that countries and international organizations support tobacco harm reduction and safer nicotine products | Knowledge Action Change, UK

Government missing opportunity with e-cigarettes, 2018
The Science and Technology Committee publishes its Report, E-cigarettes (PDF). The Report reviews the current evidence base on the harmfulness of e-cigarettes compared to conventional cigarettes and looks at the current policies on e-cigarettes, including in NHS mental health units and in prisons. The Committee concludes that e-cigarettes should not be treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes |, UK

CLeaR local tobacco control assessment, 2017
Guidance for local authorities, public health bodies and the NHS on using ‘deep dive’ self-assessment tools to improve their tobacco control work | PHE, UK

Towards a smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England, 2017
Outlining plans to reduce smoking in England, with the aim of creating a smoke-free generation | DoH, UK

Cost of smoking to the NHS in England: 2015
Data on the cost of smoking to the NHS to support the development of the new Tobacco Control Plan for England | PHE, UK

NCI Tobacco Control Monograph Series 21 – The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, 2017
This monograph, a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and WHO, examines the current research and evidence base surrounding the economics of tobacco control—including tobacco use, tobacco growing, manufacturing and trade, tobacco product taxes and prices, and tobacco control policies and other interventions to reduce tobacco use and its consequence | WHO, Switzerland

Guidance: Health matters: tobacco standard packs, 2016
Resources to help health professionals and local authorities to capitalise on the roll out of standard tobacco packs to encourage smokers to quit | PHE, UK

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2015 to March 2016, 2016
This annual report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2015 to March 2016. NHS Stop Smoking Services offer support to help people quit smoking. This can include intensive support through group therapy or one-to-one support. The support is designed to be widely accessible within the local community and is provided by trained personnel, such as specialist smoking cessation advisors and trained nurses and pharmacists | NHS, UK

Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces, 2016
Advice to inform evidence-based policy making | PHE, UK

Countdown to 20th May 2016: Changes to tobacco regulations (PDF) 2016
This document has been produced by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), primarily for public health and enforcement professionals. It provides a summary of what the new regulations will cover, when they will be introduced, who will be responsible for enforcement and the penalties for non-compliance | ASH, UK

Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action, 2016
This document summarizes current knowledge about smoking in films as well as current and proposed approaches to reduce the impact of such imagery. The report’s aim is to help countries understand the basis for taking action to limit the depiction of smoking in films. This can help the Parties to the WHO FCTC in implementing specific recommendations on smoking in films in the Article 13 guidelines | WHO, Switzerland

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic:raising taxes on tobacco, 2015
This is the fifth in a series of Who reports that tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and the impact of interventions implemented to stop it | WHO, Switzerland

WHO framework convention on tobacco control, 2005
The WHO FCTC was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic. The spread of the tobacco epidemic is facilitated through a variety of complex factors with cross-border effects, including trade liberalization and direct foreign investment. Other factors such as global marketing, transnational tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the international movement of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes have also contributed to the explosive increase in tobacco use | WHO, Switzerland