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Ending smoking would create thousands of new NE jobs
Saturday, 23 October 2021
ENDING or reducing smoking will bring big benefits to the North East economy with thousands of new jobs, according to new analysis of national statistics [1] published today.
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Fresh welcomes calls for bold new action on smoking from North East MP
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Fresh has welcomed calls for bold new action to reduce smoking put forward in Parliament today (20th October) by a North East MP.
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Smoking and drinking alcohol can worsen your mood and fuel anxiety – tips to improve how you feel for World Mental Health Day
Monday, 11 October 2021
QUITTING smoking and cutting down on alcohol can give your mental health a lift – that’s the message for World Mental Health Day (10th Oct).
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North East quitters encourage smokers to quit for Stoptober
Thursday, 30 September 2021
TWO North East former smokers are getting behind this year's Stoptober campaign and urging others to quit after seeing the benefits themselves.
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Quit before winter: warning as new study shows smoking increases odds of dying from Covid
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
FRESH and a North East doctor are urging smokers to quit before winter.
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Give it a go for Stoptober 2021
Monday, 20 September 2021
SMOKERS in the North East are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober.
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“It’s absolutely appalling” – Outrage grows as healthcare professionals and patients urge Vectura stakeholders to stop PMI takeover
Thursday, 26 August 2021
Patients and family members who have lost loved ones to smoking-related illnesses are joining forces with clinicians to urge shareholders of health firm, Vectura, to choose ethics over money and block the proposed takeover by tobacco giant, Phillip Morris International (PMI).
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Fresh Balance comment on surge in young adult smoking and adult high-risk drinking
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Smoking in 18-34 year olds increased 25% in first lockdown 4.
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A "sick joke" - cancer survivor and doctor oppose tobacco takeover of healthcare firm
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
  A LUNG doctor and a former North East smoker and cancer survivor are calling on the Government and shareholders to block a controversial tobacco takeover of a health firm which makes inhalers for conditions like asthma and COPD.
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Keep It Out - summer appeal to tackle illegal tobacco sellers
Wednesday, 04 August 2021
People in the North East are being urged to help shut down criminals dealing illegal tobacco this summer as new figures show "tab houses" and shops are the two main sources for children and adults.
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