All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health


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A meeting of the APPG The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health is a cross-party group of Peers and MPs that was founded in 1976. It is currently chaired by Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP.

ASH provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health. Documents produced by the APPG in the course of its work (including reports and letters) are available on this site.

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Smoking in cars with children present to be illegal from October 2015

Regulations to prohibit smoking in cars when children are present were laid before Parliament on 17th December 2014 and were approved in February 2015. The APPG warmly welcomes the news that the law will take effect on 1 October 2015.

Standardised cigarette packs to be introduced 20th May 2016

On Wednesday 11th March, 367 MPs voted in favour of standardised packaging with just 113 against. This was followed by a debate in the Lords on Monday 16th March, which saw the House of Lords also approve the motion in favour of plain standardised packaging.

This means that the UK, Australia and the Republic of Ireland are the only three countries in the world to have passed similar legislation. Standardised (“plain”) packaging will be introduced in the UK at the same time as the EU Tobacco Products Directive measures on packaging and labelling, on 20th May 2016. This is an incredible victory for public health and the APPG warmly welcomes the new law.