Commons Briefing Paper – Tobacco control policy overview

House of Commons Library, October 2017

This briefing paper provides a summary on the Government’s tobacco control plan, tobacco control policies and smoking cessation services.

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Tobacco-free generations: protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region

World Health Organisation, August 2017

Several Member States in the WHO European Region are moving towards becoming tobacco-free: a smoking prevalence of 5% or less. Emphasis, in particular, is on protecting younger generations from smoking initiation and other tobacco-related harm. Protecting children from tobacco in the Region is essential, not only because smoking initiation is a key component of an important public health crisis, but also because Member States are responsible for supporting various children’s rights. This report highlights ongoing and emerging tobacco-related issues that affect children in the Region and examines the regulatory frameworks, commitments and other tools that Member States should use to protect children from tobacco. This also includes more novel approaches that could – and should – be used to pave the way towards a tobacco-free European Region.

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Working together to promote cessation of smoking in children and young people: briefing for commissioners of Tier 4 Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Public Health England, December 2016

This briefing aims to clarify what we know about the relationship between mental health and smoking prevalence amongst children and young people, what Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are doing to support children and young people with smoke free advice and support, and what actions commissioners and the public health system might take to reduce levels of smoking and the harms that arise from it.

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Smoking Cessation Audit Report 2016

British Thoracic Society, December 2016

This report finds that NHS hospitals across UK are falling ‘woefully short’ of national standards on helping patients who smoke to quit and enforcing smoke-free premises with many NHS hospitals missing out on a ‘golden opportunity’ to provide what is often the most effective front-line treatment for smoking patients.

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POST Note: Electronic Cigarettes

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, August 2016

This POSTnote updates POSTnote 455 (January 2014), summarising the latest data on scale of use, safety and quality of electronic cigarettes, and their value as a stop smoking tool. It also explores the implications of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive and regulatory approaches in the UK.

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Use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy: A guide for midwives and other healthcare professionals

Smoke Free Action, June 2016

This short briefing has been produced by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group and is intended to provide a summary of the evidence on electronic cigarettes, with suggested responses to some frequently asked questions about their use during pregnancy.

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Impact of institutional smoking bans on reducing harms and secondhand smoke exposure

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June 2016

This Cochrane review aims to assess the extent to which institutional smoking bans may reduce passive smoke exposure and active smoking, and affect other health-related outcomes.

The study found evidence of an effect of settings-based smoking policies on reducing smoking rates in hospitals and universities. In prisons, reduced mortality rates and reduced exposure to secondhand smoke were reported. However, the reviewers rated the evidence base as low quality. The study concludes that more robust studies assessing the evidence for smoking bans and policies in these important specialist settings are needed.

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