LISTEN: Andrew Allison discusses the new 'Freedom to Vape' report on the vaping policies of UK councils

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, discussed the new 'Freedom to Vape' report on the vaping policies of UK councils with Andy Comfort on BBC Radio Humberside last week. Click on the image below to listen to it.  Continue reading

NEW REPORT: Almost two-thirds of councils ignore Government advice and refuse to review e-cigarette policies

A new report from The Freedom Association's 'Freedom to Vape' campaign highlights the shocking ignorance in town halls across the UK. (A similar report was published in November 2016. Click here to read it)A clear majority of councils refuse to listen to advice issued from Public Health England, repeated in the Department of Health's Tobacco Control Plan, which recommends that e-cigarette use is not covered by smokefree legislation and should not routinely be included in the requirements of an organisation’s smokefree policy. Most councils are ignoring evidence from the Royal College of Physicians that e-cigarettes are at least 95 per cent safer than smoking combustible tobacco, and almost three quarters of councils are not planning on allowing councillors a say.  Continue reading

New report says it will take 23 years for the UK to become smokefree

A new report out today commissioned by Philip Morris Ltd has said that at current trends it will take another 23 years for the UK to become smokefree. (The definition of smokefree is smoking rates below five per cent). If smoking then continued to decline at the same rate after 2040, it would reach 0% in around 2051. The report observes that "smoking is in long-run decline, but since 2012 it has declined at more than twice the rate seen between 1993 and 2011. Smokers switching to e-cigarettes appear to have made a material contribution to that recent trend." The last point reiterates what many other reports have said: the free market has been responsible for a sharp decline in smoking rates rather than endless Government interference.  Continue reading

"Lift EU regulations to let vaping flourish after Brexit", says new IEA report

In an excellent new report published today, Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has called for the damaging regulations imposed on vapers and the vaping industry in the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to be scrapped post-Brexit. Click HERE to read the report.  Continue reading

Why does it cost taxpayers £55K per successful quitter in Hammersmith & Fulham?

Harry Phibbs, over at ConservativeHome, revealed yesterday that is costs around £55K to get someone to quit smoking in Hammersmith and Fulham. You read that correctly. Harry is a councillor there. Here's what he found out: "Thrive Tribe is given £1.19 million from my Council’s Public Health budget “for the provision of a stop smoking (quits and prevention) service”. The contract was from 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2017. "So how many have quit? Continue reading