Our policy work in this area focuses on identifying what elements of tobacco control policy should be prioritised by Government as it develops its next tobacco strategy, in particular to address variations in funding and support for Stop Smoking Services between different parts of the country, to set more ambitious targets for smoking cessation, and to provide greater clarity and consistency of messaging on the use of e-cigarettes to help people stop smoking.
On 6 September 2016 PAGB convened a roundtable in Parliament entitled Quit Wins: a discussion on the next tobacco control plan.
The Quit Wins roundtable brought together commissioners, providers, charities and other experts in Stop Smoking Services, as well as parliamentarians to understand the key challenges that exist to making further reductions in smoking rates, and what can be done to overcome them.
A follow up meeting was held in June 2018 to explore evidence-based smoking cessation services in light of tobacco control policy developments. The meeting was chaired by Bob Blackman MP and Sir Kevin Barron MP, and attended by stakeholders from across the tobacco control community, including commissioners, providers, charities and policymakers.
The objectives of the meeting were to:
PAGB carried out a comprehensive audit of the available data on smoking and stop smoking services in England. The audit was undertaken to assess current smoking rates, the success of different smoking cessation interventions and the sustainability of local smoking services.
The audit analysed data on: