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Fresh has welcomed the effect of tobacco laws which carried widespread public support - but has urged the government to go further in its drive to go 'smoke-free' in England by 2030.

 

 

Responding to a government consultation on a review of particular regulations, Fresh has outlined to the Department of Health and Social Care that current laws around tobacco such as smoking in cars carrying children and putting tobacco displays out of sight have helped smoking rates in the North East and youth smoking rates reach an all-time low.

 

The removal of tobacco displays in shops, prohibiting smoking in cars carrying children and restrictions on the sale of nicotine-inhaling products such as vapourisers to under 18s all work together to help smokers to quit, discourage young people from starting to smoke and protect people from harm.

 

The laws play a key role in the North East vision of making smoking history, alongside other actions such as quitting campaigns and providing support to smokers who want to quit.

 

Retailers within County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear have also outlined their support for the laws with over half (55%) supporting the regulations on the removal of tobacco displays and 9 out of 10 supporting laws restricting the sale of nicotine-inhaling products to children.

 

But Fresh say that more action is needed if the government is to achieve its ambition to go 'smoke-free' in England in 2030 and that nearly half of the North East public think the government could be doing more to limit smoking with only 7 per cent thinking the government has gone too far.

 

Fresh outlined key measures the government could bring in to accelerate the decline in smoking rates such as introducing a "polluter pays" charge on the tobacco industry to fund measures to encourage smokers to quit and discourage youth uptake, increasing the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21 and introduce retail licensing to support enforcement.

 

Ailsa Rutter OBE, Director of Fresh, said: "We know from talking to smokers that thanks to the law, the car is now seen by most as the last place they would dream of smoking and there is high awareness that it is illegal.

 

"Similarly with tobacco displays, shops have adapted and our children no longer see cigarettes and people who have quit no longer face the temptation when they walk into a shop."

 

She added: "Here in England we have some of the most effective tobacco laws in the world – they are simple to implement, comply with and enforce and most importantly of all, they work.  The fact that smoking rates are continuing to decline is testament to this.  But we can't be complacent.

 

"To continue making a difference, the government also needs to consider going further and bring in new legislation, including 'making the polluter pay' by placing a charge on the tobacco industry to address the damage that their products inflict on society.  We would also like the age of sale for tobacco to be raised to 21 given how harmful tobacco is, and for a licensing system to be introduced to support enforcement around illicit tobacco.

 

"There is significant public support for all of these measures and the government needs to be both bold but also reassured that these are the next logical steps to take."

 

North East retailer John McClurey said: "The introduction of these laws has been generally viewed as a positive step towards the reduction of smoking.  Since the tobacco displays have been covered I have had former smokers commenting to me that it removes a temptation and helps them to stay quit.

 

 

 

 

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NHS can do more to help smokers quit
Thursday, 11 January 2018
A NORTH East doctor and Fresh were in Parliament today at the launch of a new call for the NHS to do more to help prevent hospital admissions and deaths from smoking. NHS organisations across the country are urged to sign the NHS Smokefree Pledge [1] to support patients to…
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104 admissions to North East hospitals every day from smoking
Friday, 29 December 2017
New figures released in time for New Year reveal the shocking toll smoking causes on health and the NHS, with 104 patients admitted every day and over 38,000 a year to North East hospitals as a result of smoking-related illnesses. It comes as Public Health England (PHE) releases a new…
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Illegal tobacco bought by more than half of teenage smokers
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Illegal tobacco has helped over half of underage smokers in the North East get hooked on smoking, a new survey released today suggests. 55% of children aged 14 and 15 who smoke say they buy illegal tobacco from sources like "tab houses" and shops - while 73% say they have…
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Stoptober's here!
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
THOUSANDS of smokers across the North East are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober as new data published today shows quitting success rates are at their highest for at least a decade. The report by the University College of London (UCL) shows quitting rates were up to 19.8% for…
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86% support smokefree law - 10 years on
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
On the 10 year anniversary of smokefree law, health and council leaders are hailing it as one of the most important and popular pieces of legislation to protect health in a generation. 86% of North East adults support "smokefree" in 2017 and only 5% oppose the law, which was introduced…
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Letter from North East Directors of Public Health - smokefree law 10 years on
Saturday, 01 July 2017
Ten years ago this week (July 1) one of the most important and popular pieces of public health legislation in a generation was introduced - the smoke-free law. A decade ago, millions would be coming home from work or from a night out having breathed in second hand tobacco smoke.…
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Secondhand Smoke is Poison
Monday, 19 June 2017
NEW figures suggest at least 1 in 10 North East children are still being exposed to toxic secondhand smoke in the home as a hard hitting new campaign by Fresh supported by the British Lung Foundation launches today. The "Secondhand smoke is Poison" campaign is warning that smoking in the…
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North East smoking rates down to record low
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Fresh has welcomed a new historic low for smoking rates in the North East published today by NHS Digital. Smoking rates among adults in the North East fell from 18.7% in 2015 down to 17.2% in 2016. The region also had a higher fall than England for smoking rates during…
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Call for tougher penalties on illegal tobacco sales
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Fresh is calling for tougher penalties against people dealing in illicit tobacco as a national consultation looks at effective ways of tackling the black market. Those who smuggle, distribute and sell illegal tobacco which often ends up in the hands of children on North East estates could be hit by…
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Ditch or switch for No Smoking Day
Tuesday, 07 March 2017
With No Smoking Day tomorrow (March 8) Fresh is urging smokers in the North East to "ditch or switch" to save money and improve health. Fresh is encouraging people to ditch their toxic tobacco or at least make the switch to a safer form of nicotine like an electronic cigarette.…
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