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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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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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Pregnant women twice as likely to quit smoking with midwife support
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment – and then are more likely to have heavier, healthier babies.
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£44m social care bill to North East councils from smoking (ASH press release)
Monday, 30 January 2017
NEW figures show that smoking is adding to England's social care crisis, with at least £80.
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Fresh commends partners after winning NHS award
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Fresh has paid tribute to hundreds of partners in the North East and nationally working to make smoking history after winning an NHS North East Leadership Recognition Award.
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Brave mum turned health campaigner loses battle with lung cancer
Monday, 10 November 2014
      A BRAVE mum turned health campaigner, who spent the last few months of her life urging people to quit smoking and live longer, has lost her own battle with lung cancer aged just 48.
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Stoptober inspires record-breaking quit attempts in the North East
Monday, 03 November 2014
A record number of smokers in the North East have been inspired to quit as part of this year’s 28-day Stoptober challenge from Public Health England.
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22,000 and counting - Stoptober challenge launches in the North East
Monday, 08 September 2014
  COUNCILS and smokers in the North East will be joining in with some of the country’s top comedians for this year’s 28-day Stoptober challenge.
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