Our policy on smoke free legislation

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We have created a central resources hub for Health Professionals which hosts all of our CRUK resources and further materials to help with managing the pandemic. We are updating the information as guidance changes. There is also a page specifically for patients on our about cancer hub.

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The #QuitforCovid campaign launched in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a virus that can affect people’s lungs and airways. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus, including older people, people with long term health conditions and people who are immunosuppressed. Emerging evidence suggests people who smoke are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection.

If you or someone you know wants to stop smoking, there are a range of tools available to support you. Visit the NHS Smokefree website to find out more.

Comprehensive smokefree laws ensure that workers and the public are protected from the harmful health effects of secondhand smoke.

Smokefree laws were introduced to protect workers and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke.  We will oppose any attempt to dilute the law or weaken its impact

Separate smoking areas with ventilation are not adequate. There is no safe level of exposure and the greater the exposure, the greater the health risks. Prior to legislation, exposure to secondhand smoke at work was estimated to cause over 500 deaths each year across the UK, including over 50 people employed in the hospitality industry – in pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. This was the equivalent of one hospitality worker dying every week.

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Your local service that helps people quit smoking could be at risk as a result of cuts to public health funding. 

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