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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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Rapid 1/3 fall in smoking during pregnancy in North East
Thursday, 15 September 2016
NEW figures show the North East has seen a rapid fall in smoking in pregnancy thanks to a major four year initiative involving midwives to embed best practice in maternity services. Every woman in the North East still smoking when they see a midwife is now given information about risks…
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A quarter of smokers likely to develop COPD - study
Monday, 22 August 2016
FIGURES released today [1] estimate that over 93,000 people in the North East are suffering from a disease which can leave sufferers fighting for breath and is mostly caused by smoking. Fresh's 'Every Breath' campaign is raising awareness of smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is being supported…
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North East smoking rates fall by a third since 2005
Tuesday, 02 August 2016
NEW figures out today (2 Aug 2016) show that the North East has seen a fall in adult smoking rates, with levels now down to the lowest on record. Fresh is now encouraging people who've tried to quit but not succeeded to give it another go. The Annual Population Survey…
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Smokers urged to try again
Monday, 18 July 2016
Smokers are being urged not to give up on quitting – as new research shows most North East smokers are making quit attempts and many are cutting down. A recent survey by Fresh shows that over 8 in 10 North East smokers have tried to quit smoking before and 2/3…
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Fresh hails the end of the “packet racket”
Friday, 20 May 2016
May 20 2016 CHILDREN will be given one less reason to start smoking as new laws come into force to introduce plain, standardised tobacco packaging. Over the next year, out will go eye-catching, colourful cigarette boxes and in will come drab green packages with larger health warnings and a new…
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Fresh welcomes report into why electronic cigarettes can improve public health
Thursday, 28 April 2016
28 April 2016 Fresh has welcomed a new report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians which concludes that electronic cigarettes are a safer alternative to smoking and are beneficial to public health. The report also reflects research by Action on Smoking and Health which shows…
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1.3m smoking-related diseases over next two decades
Thursday, 10 March 2016
10 March 2016 Around 1.3 million new smoking related illnesses which devastate lives are expected to occur over the next 20 years, according to a new report published on No Smoking Day 2016. Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum calculate that this shocking total would include 580,600 cases…
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No Smoking Day: Be Proud to be a Quitter
Wednesday, 09 March 2016
BE proud to be a quitter! That’s the message to smokers stopping for No Smoking Day this year (Wed 9 March) and to thousands of people who have quit in the past. The North East has had the largest reduction in smoking in England over the last decade with fewer…
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Quit for New Year: 75,000 lives blighted by smoking-related illness

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The Journal/ Newcastle Evening Chronicle

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Northern Echo

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