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Stoptober's here!
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
THOUSANDS of smokers across the North East are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober as new data published today shows quitting success rates are at their highest for at least a decade.
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86% support smokefree law - 10 years on
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
On the 10 year anniversary of smokefree law, health and council leaders are hailing it as one of the most important and popular pieces of legislation to protect health in a generation.
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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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Secondhand Smoke is Poison
Monday, 19 June 2017
NEW figures suggest at least 1 in 10 North East children are still being exposed to toxic secondhand smoke in the home as a hard hitting new campaign by Fresh supported by the British Lung Foundation launches today.
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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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Warning to light and social smokers
Monday, 20 February 2017
SMOKERS who've cut down are being warned they are still facing significant risks of cancer and heart disease unless they quit or switch as a campaign launches today.
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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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