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Thursday, 22 February 2018
National experts will be in the North East this week at a major health event to present the latest evidence on electronic cigarettes.
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NHS staff can help cut the 38,158 North East smokers ending up in hospital every year
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Public Health England is urging all NHS frontline staff to take advantage of free online training to help them deliver effective stop smoking advice.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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