Smoking: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS Smokefree and its associated regional offices spent on (a) advertising, (b) marketing and (c) lobbying in relation to his Department's consultation on plain packaging.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A tobacco control plan for England”, the Government undertook to consult on options to reduce the promotional impact of tobacco packaging, including plain packaging. This consultation will be launched in the spring.

The NHS Smokefree marketing campaign is funded and run by the Department of Health. The Department's NHS Smokefree marketing campaign has no regional offices. The Department of Health has not spent any money on advertising or marketing the forthcoming consultation on tobacco packaging, neither through the NHS Smokefree marketing campaign, nor through any other organisation.

Local national health service bodies have established and funded the following tobacco control organisations: Smokefree South West, Fresh North East and Tobacco Free Futures North West. The Department does not centrally collect information on how much money, if any, these organisations may have spent on activities associated with advertising, marketing or lobbying in relation to the forthcoming consultation on tobacco packaging.

“Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A tobacco control plan for England” has already been placed in the Library.

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