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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Question (23 Jan 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: As Vice-Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, the Honourable Lady will know that Government’s commitment to a smoke-free generation will tackle the single biggest driver of the health gap.Local authorities in the North East will receive an extra £3.7m for smoking cessation services next year, and £27m to treat drug addiction which harms deprived communities most.Dental health...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Malnutrition and Preventive Medicine (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Markham: There is good evidence that preventative action can benefit individuals and promote efficient and effective use of National Health Service resources. This is an important factor in Government’s determination to tackle the drivers of preventable poor health, such as smoking and obesity. Efforts to prevent malnutrition and to treat it early could potentially have major effects in reducing...

Backbench Business: COP10: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (18 Jan 2024)

Andrew Lewer: ...with virtually everything that everybody said; I do not think I have ever before been in a debate, here or in the main Chamber, where that has happened. It is confirmation that light is better than heat. Alas, the Minister is not attending COP10, but I am grateful to her for naming the chief delegate, and for outlining the policy stances in more detail than we have had before. I have not...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks: Children (17 Jan 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: NHS England holds several data sources covering alcohol use for people aged under 18, including the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People (SDD) survey. From the SDD, 40% of secondary school pupils in years 7 to 11, mostly aged between 11 and 15 years old, in England had “ever had an alcoholic drink” in 2021. The following table shows data from the SDD from 2021 on when pupils...

Illegal Vapes (16 Jan 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: I will not give way, I am sorry; there is no time left and I want to make my points. It is appalling and unacceptable when businesses knowingly and deliberately encourage children to use a product that was designed for adults to quit smoking. Often sold at pocket-money prices, easy to use and widely available, disposable vapes are the product of choice for children. Over two thirds of current...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Clause 22 - Rates of tobacco products duty (16 Jan 2024)

Gareth Davies: The clause implements changes announced in the 2023 autumn statement concerning tobacco duty rates. The duty charged on all tobacco products will rise in line with the tobacco duty escalator, with an additional increase for hand-rolling tobacco to reduce the gap with cigarettes. Smoking rates in the UK are falling, but they are still too high: around 13% of adults are now smokers. Smoking...

Excess Death Trends — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (16 Jan 2024)

Maria Caulfield: Not for the moment; let me respond to as many points from hon. Members as I can. There is an increase in excess deaths. A number of factors contribute to that. We take that seriously, and monitor it constantly. Looking at the past year, for example, there was a high flu prevalence last winter, when there were still ongoing challenges relating to instances of covid-19 and a strep A outbreak,...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (15 Jan 2024)

Julian Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2023 to Question 3251 on Smoking, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of exempting cigar based products from the proposals.

Backbench Business: New Dementia Treatments (11 Jan 2024)

Helen Whately: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green) on securing this debate. I also commend the campaigning of several charities in this area, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, Age UK and many others that do so much to raise awareness of dementia, fund research, and...

Backbench Business: Smokefree Future — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (11 Jan 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship today, Mr Sharma. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on securing a debate on such an important issue, and pay tribute to his work as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health. He really has been tireless in holding not only Health Ministers’ feet, but the Prime Minister’s feet,...

NHS Dentistry ( 9 Jan 2024)

Wes Streeting: I totally agree. The tragedy is that if we look at the system as a whole and think about the pressure the whole system is under, and if we got NHS dentistry right, we would not only be saving patients untold pain, but saving the NHS money. As Lucy Rigby, Labour’s candidate in Northampton North, reported to me, in 2022 tooth decay forced 625 of her local patients to A&E—worse for them and...

Scottish Parliament: Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Report: “How Devolution is Changing Post-EU” ( 9 Jan 2024)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: I am grateful to Alasdair Allan for his intervention. I will certainly cover the substance of that as I expand on my remarks, but I note that I am not trying to draw moral equivalence. I understand that there has been reckless behaviour by the Tory Government, but there has been reckless behaviour by the SNP Government as well. The faults of this terrible Conservative Government have been...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes and Oral Tobacco (20 Dec 2023)

Andrea Leadsom: The sale of oral tobacco, such as Snus, is banned in the United Kingdom under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. Vapes are less harmful than smoking because they do not contain tobacco, and therefore can be an effective tool in supporting smoking cessation. Vaping is already estimated to contribute to an extra 50,000 to 70,000 smoking quits per year in England. Ensuring that...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Electronic Cigarettes (20 Dec 2023)

Damian Hinds: Schools are required by law to have a behaviour policy that sets out what is expected of all pupils, including what items are banned from school premises. The department supports head teachers in taking proportionate and measured steps to ensure good behaviour in schools. To support schools to do so, the department has strengthened the Behaviour in Schools guidance which is the primary source...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes (15 Dec 2023)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of limiting vape flavours to tobacco-flavoured devices on levels of smoking; and if she will bring forward legislative proposals to implement such a limitation.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (14 Dec 2023)

Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of data from New Zealand on a generational ban on smoking.

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour on Buses (14 Dec 2023)

Daniel Johnson: I apologise to the Deputy Presiding Officer and members in the chamber, as I will need to leave the debate early because a group of young people is waiting for me. I assure everyone that they are not caught up in any antisocial behaviour; they are very conscientious modern studies pupils. I thank Graham Simpson for securing the debate and the members who have spoken in it. We have the usual...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Young People (13 Dec 2023)

Andrew Lewer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the consultation entitled Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping, published on 12 October 2023, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of including heated tobacco products within these proposals on levels of smoking cessation.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Tobacco: Sales (13 Dec 2023)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is responsible for around 80,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom and causes approximately one in four cancer deaths in the UK. It also costs our country £17 billion a year and puts a huge burden on the National Health Service. That is why we will introduce the Tobacco and Vapes Bill in this parliamentary session to create the first smokefree generation, enable us to further crack...

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