Current Policy Issues

Smoking is the major preventable cause of death in the UK. To achieve our vision of a society free from the harm caused by tobacco, ASH is involved in the development of tobacco control policies both nationally and internationally.  

In 2008, to mark the tenth anniversary of the first Government white paper on tobacco, "Smoking kills", ASH launched "Beyond Smoking Kills", our agenda on tobacco control for the next decade.  The current Government's Tobacco Control Plan for England was published in March 2011.  

ASH makes regular submissions to policy consultations on various tobacco-related issues. Those responses can be found on the Submissions page of this website.