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Tobacco Control

Major drop in Australian smoking rates

Smoking rates in Australia have fallen 15 per cent over a three-year period that included the introduction of standardised packaging laws

Tobacco industry dismissed as untrustworthy over arguments to cut smoking

A new survey shows just over one UK adult in 10 (12 per cent) trusts the tobacco industry’s plans on how to cut smoking rates

Standard packs reduce tobacco sales in Australia

Australia’s tobacco packaging laws have helped to reduce the amount of tobacco smoked in the country.

‘Time of the essence’ for standardised tobacco packaging plans

Heath experts have called for the Government to bring forward proposals on the introduction of standardised ‘plain’ tobacco packaging.

Government urged to raise cigarette tax above inflation

A coalition of health bodies is urging the Government to introduce a five per cent above inflation tax rise on cigarettes in the upcoming Budget.

EU vote to usher in tough new standards on tobacco

An EU vote today ushers in tough new anti-tobacco measures that will go further than ever before according to Cancer Research UK.

Smoking rates in England hit 80 year low

The number of people smoking in England has dropped to its lowest figure in around 80 years.

Standard cigarette packaging one step closer after Lords approval

Plans to introduce plain, standardised packaging for cigarettes have gained further momentum following overwhelming support from the House of Lords.

Charity concerned as Northern Ireland risks being left behind on public health

Northern Ireland may be left behind while the rest of the UK presses ahead with legislation on plain, standardised packaging of tobacco products.

Standardised cigarette packs trigger ‘rise in Quitline calls’

Standardised tobacco packaging sparked a 78 per cent increase in calls to an Australian stop-smoking helpline just one month after its introduction.