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Give it a go for Stoptober 2021
Monday, 20 September 2021
SMOKERS in the North East are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober.
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“It’s absolutely appalling” – Outrage grows as healthcare professionals and patients urge Vectura stakeholders to stop PMI takeover
Thursday, 26 August 2021
Patients and family members who have lost loved ones to smoking-related illnesses are joining forces with clinicians to urge shareholders of health firm, Vectura, to choose ethics over money and block the proposed takeover by tobacco giant, Phillip Morris International (PMI).
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Fresh Balance comment on surge in young adult smoking and adult high-risk drinking
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Smoking in 18-34 year olds increased 25% in first lockdown 4.
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A "sick joke" - cancer survivor and doctor oppose tobacco takeover of healthcare firm
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
  A LUNG doctor and a former North East smoker and cancer survivor are calling on the Government and shareholders to block a controversial tobacco takeover of a health firm which makes inhalers for conditions like asthma and COPD.
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Keep It Out - summer appeal to tackle illegal tobacco sellers
Wednesday, 04 August 2021
People in the North East are being urged to help shut down criminals dealing illegal tobacco this summer as new figures show "tab houses" and shops are the two main sources for children and adults.
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Calls to make big tobacco pay as figures reveal iron link between smoking and poverty
Tuesday, 03 August 2021
Fresh is calling for tobacco companies to be forced to pay for the cost of preventing smoking after new figures highlight an iron link between smoking, poverty and ill health.
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Qutting smoking leaves Angela with a spring in her running step
Friday, 23 July 2021
As a social smoker, keen runner Angela Tunstall, 48, from Barnard Castle was worried she would start smoking more after lockdown.
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£67m cost to North East in social care from smoking
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
£67 million – new figures out today show the staggering amount that smoking related illnesses will add to the social care bill in the North East in 2021.
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Dont Wait aims to inspire thousands of smokers this summer
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
"It's never too late to quit smoking" – that is the message from a North East doctor hoping to inspire tens of thousands of smokers to quit this summer in a new campaign.
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Fresh statement on smokefree pavement cafes
Thursday, 03 June 2021
Four local authorities, including Northumberland county council, Durham, North Tyneside and Newcastle, have introduced smokefree stretches of pavement where bars, restaurants and cafes are licensed to put out tables.
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