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Latest news, press releases and blog posts from Cancer Research UK.

Quitting Smoking

Why are cancer rates increasing?

UK cancer rates are increasing. But why? As we publish new stats on ‘lifetime risk’, we look at why rates on the up, and what needs to be done.

Financial incentives may boost quit rates in pregnant smokers

Pregnant women who are offered a financial incentive are more likely to quit smoking.

Cancer Research UK welcomes Government action on standardised cig packs with voter support at a high of nearly three quarters

Plain, standardised tobacco packaging is a step closer to being introduced to the UK after the Government tabled regulations tonight.

How smokers metabolise nicotine could help choose best quitting method

Measuring the rate at which smokers break down nicotine could help predict how well certain quitting methods would work for them.

Lifestyle behind more than half a million cancers in five years

Nearly 600,000 cancers in the UK could have been avoided in the last five years if people had healthier lifestyles according to Cancer Research UK.

E-cigarettes 'help smokers cut down and quit', analysis suggests

A combined analysis of studies into e-cigarettes shows they can be useful in helping people to quit or cut down on smoking

Cancer Research UK urges the UK to follow Australia as it celebrates two years of standardised cig packs

Today marks a successful two years since plain, standardised tobacco packaging was introduced to Australia.

Another tobacco company breaches advertising code as charity urges young people to tell the industry to ‘smoke this’

An Imperial Tobacco advertisement has been said to be "harmful and irresponsible" in the latest ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority

Australian smokers warm to plain packaging rules

Many smokers in Australia have changed their minds and given a thumbs-up to plain, standardised packaging for tobacco products since its introduction

It’s lung cancer awareness month

November marks lung cancer awareness month, an important time to get people talking about the world’s biggest cancer killer.