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(Department of Health and Social Care) The impact of tobacco laws introduced between 2010 and 2016

23 July 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care are conducting a post-implementation review looking at the tobacco legislation introduced between 2010 and 2016.

The review considers how effective tobacco legislation has been in:

  • discouraging young people from taking up smoking and vaping
  • encouraging existing smokers to quit
  • protecting others from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke

The legislation introduced during this time includes bans on:

  • displaying tobacco products and prices in shops
  • selling nicotine-inhaling products, including e-cigarettes, to under 18s
  • buying nicotine-inhaling products on behalf of someone under 18 (proxy purchasing)
  • smoking in cars containing children

This is an excellent opportunity for the BPS to provide a strong psychological evidence base to inform the legislation and help the Department decide whether legislation is still the best way of achieving that objective.

This should be of interest to Health Psychologists and anyone working within the field of smoking and addictions.

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the form below.

The deadline for responses is Monday the 02nd of September.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion


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