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Fresh welcomes findings of national ecigs review
Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Fresh has welcomed a new report on e-cigarettes, produced by independent experts for Public Health England, which confirms that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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