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Smoking drives 35,000 into poverty
Thursday, 17 October 2019
NEW analysis of Government data reveals that smoking drives over 35,000 people into poverty in the North East [1].
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Cost of smoking to the North East
Tuesday, 01 October 2019
CALLS have been made for tobacco companies to pay more towards the damage they cause as new figures show smoking costs vital services in the North East at least £626m a year.
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Stop while you shop for Stoptober
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Smokers are invited to "stop while they shop" when Fresh brings the Stoptober campaign stand around North East town centres.
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Stoptober is back for 2019
Thursday, 19 September 2019
SMOKERS in the North East are being encouraged to give quitting another go as Stoptober returns.
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Laws to reduce smoking are working and protect children
Thursday, 12 September 2019
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.
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New record low for smoking rates in the North East
Tuesday, 02 July 2019
SMOKING has fallen to its lowest level on record in the North East, latest figures for smoking prevalence out today have revealed.
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NE public supports action to tackle smoking
Monday, 01 July 2019
12 years on from England going smokefree, support for the Government to do more to tackle smoking is strong in the North East and continues to grow nationally: A YouGov poll, commissioned by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has revealed that around three quarters of North East adults (74%)…
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Launch of the North East Vaping Standard
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
HEALTHCARE professionals in the North East are being encouraged to be open to patients switching to vaping to quit smoking as part of a new Vaping Standard designed to tackle the appalling burden of death and disease caused by tobacco.
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Fresh position statement on e-cigarettes
Sunday, 16 June 2019
Our position on e-cigartettes and vaping - for the public and health professionals This is an updated version of the position statement first published by Fresh in March 2015 which backs a harm reduction approach to helping smokers to quit or to switch to a less harmful product, and aims…
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Warning from ex-smoker Sue for Quit 16 campaign
Monday, 10 June 2019
 A FORMER smoker who was diagnosed with cancer aged just 47 is urging smokers to never give up on quitting for the launch of a new campaign.
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