All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health


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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health is a cross-party group of Peers and MPs that was founded in 1976.

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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APPG meeting - Launch of the Stolen Years: Smoking and Mental Health Action Report

On Tuesday 12 April the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health held a meeting to launch a new report on smoking and mental health. The report which was produced by ASH has been endorsed by 27 health and mental health organisations and seeks to establish what needs to happen in order to tackle high smoking rates among people with a mental health condition. You can view a full copy of the report here.

APPG Representation to the 2015 Spending Review

On Sunday 11th October the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health published evidence to support a significant increase in spending on tobacco control.

The report provides a summary of the evidence presented at an Inquiry by the APPG into the cost effectiveness of tobacco control and is being submitted as evidence to the Treasury’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

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. 

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either house or their committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.