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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Tobacco: Sales (26 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 yearly deaths in the United Kingdom and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes: Sales (26 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: The Government is concerned about the worrying rise in vaping among children. Youth vaping has tripled in the last three years, and one in five children now use a vape. To address this, we recently published our response to the smoking and vaping consultation, which sets out our plan to restrict vape flavours, point of sale display, and packaging. The response is available at the following...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Young People (26 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 deaths in the United Kingdom a year, and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over...

Heart and Circulatory Diseases: Premature Deaths (22 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: First, may I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Dean Russell), and say how pleased we all are to see him fighting fit and in his place? I also say to the right hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside (Mark Tami) that we wish his son absolutely all the best and a speedy return to full health, and to the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Amy Callaghan)—who has had so many...

Poverty Reduction - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ...Bishop of Hereford, which demonstrates clearly his commitment to rural communities. In fact, Hereford’s history with royalty goes back centuries. To go back in time, St Ethelbert, King of East Anglia, was murdered there by King Offa of Mercia—but I am glad there is now peace with the Welsh, and we welcome the right reverend Prelate’s input into Wales. He has important roles with our...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Young People (22 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 yearly deaths in the United Kingdom, and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests—I am a practising NHS general practitioner. There we have it from the cabinet secretary: everything is perfect. The SNP’s plans are perfect. Mr Rennie, why bother having this debate? Well, members and the public at large may recall the SNP promise at the last election to make NHS dentistry free at the point of care to...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Feb 2024)

Wera Hobhouse: ...to follow the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas), who has made a powerful case in explaining why the Bill should never have reached the House. This month is on course to break an unprecedented number of heat records, and the dangers of failing to reach net zero are staring us in the face. I say this again and again, and the hon. Lady has made a very powerful point. This...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes (19 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Vaping can be an effective tool for adult smokers to quit smoking. However, the health advice is clear: if you don’t smoke, don’t vape, and children should never vape. The NHS Better Health website provides advice for people who want to quit vaping. Local stop smoking services can also provide resources to support children and adult vapers to quit, through funding from the public health...

Lung Cancer Medicines - Question (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Evans of Rainow: ...focusing on areas of social deprivation. She mentions that this is preventable; the Prime Minister has made it one of his key tasks to stop the next generation of smokers even becoming smokers. We can all do more with our personal health: giving up smoking is an obvious one, but we could also be eating better and staying fitter. There is more to be done, particularly in areas of social...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Heart Health Month (13 Feb 2024)

Gary Middleton: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to say a few words about Heart Health Month and National Heart Month. February is a month when charities and organisations across Northern Ireland and further afield raise awareness of heart health and the impact that it has on individuals and families. At the start of this month, many buildings across Northern Ireland were lit red to encourage...

Local Government Finance ( 7 Feb 2024)

Clive Betts: Let me begin by thanking a few people. The shadow Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon), referred to the report “Financial distress in local authorities”, which the Select Committee published last week and on which I made a statement in the House last Thursday. I want to thank the staff of the Committee and our special advisers for all the work that...

2. Questions to the Minister for Health and Social Services: A Smoke-free Generation ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you. We are working with the other UK nations to take collective action on smoking and youth vaping and intend to legislate to create a smoke-free generation. This will make it an offence for anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 to be sold tobacco products, thereby protecting future generations.

Premature Deaths: Heart and Circulatory Conditions - Question ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: ..., long before it presents. Therefore, prevention for cardio- vascular problems needs to start right from school age; simply screening people later in life is already too late. When people have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest—I think there are about 30,000 a year—they have only a one in 10 chance of surviving. Will the Government undertake to work much earlier with schools and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Local authority funding update ( 5 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: My Rt. Hon Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Public Health, Start for Life and Primary Care) (Andrea Leadsom MP), made the folllowing Written Statement: Today I am publishing the Public Health Grant allocations to local authorities in England for 2024/25. Funding for local government’s health responsibilities is an essential element of our commitment to...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Local authority funding update ( 5 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Today I am publishing the Public Health Grant allocations to local authorities in England for 2024/25. Funding for local government’s health responsibilities is an essential element of our commitment to invest in preventing ill health, promoting healthier lives and addressing health disparities, and an important complement to our investment in both health and social care. In 2024/25, we...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Tobacco (29 Jan 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 deaths in the United Kingdom a year and one in four of all cancer deaths in the UK. It costs our country £17 billion a year, of which £14 billion is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Public Health Update (29 Jan 2024)

Lord Markham: My Rt. Hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Public Health, Start for Life and Primary Care) (Andrea Leadsom) has made the following Written Statement: Today, the UK government with the devolved administrations have published our response to the UK-wide consultation, Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping. Tobacco is the single most...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Public Health Update (29 Jan 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Today, the UK government with the devolved administrations have published our response to the UK-wide consultation, Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping. Tobacco is the single most important entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 deaths in the UK a year and 1 in 4 of all UK cancer deaths. Smoking is...

Smoking - Question (25 Jan 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I refer to my interests as set out in the register. Would the Minister agree that smoking in pregnancy has enormously damaging effects, leading to much poorer birth outcomes than for mothers who do not smoke? Would he also agree that incentives to pregnant women not to smoke have been very effective? In the light of this, could he give a guarantee that the existing scheme, which...


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