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MHRA urges GPs to be vigilant in new advice on identifying vaping-related lung injury

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has released a drug safety update warning doctors to be alert to possible adverse reactions from vaping among patients with respiratory problems.

Third of local councils axing stop smoking services amid funding cuts, warn charities

Almost a third of local authorities no longer provide specialist stop smoking services, with funding cuts across England threatening national targets to become a smoke-free country by 2030, charities have warned.

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Smokers less dependent but losing motivation to quit, study suggests

Smokers in England are showing fewer signs of dependence on cigarettes but are less inclined to try and quit, say researchers who looked at trends over a 10-year period.

Vaping still safer than smoking, reiterate health officials amidst fresh concerns

Public health officials have reiterated that regulated e-cigarettes carry a 'fraction' of the risk of smoking, after a series of reports highlighting potential dangers.

Smoking can increase risk of depression and schizophrenia, study finds

Smoking tobacco may increase the risk of depression and schizophrenia, according to a new study

Number of young smokers at lowest rate ever, official figures show

The number of young people who have tried smoking has dropped to its lowest ever recorded figures, official figures show

NHS Health Checks to be reviewed under government prevention plans

The number of people being screened will be 'maximised', but programmes will be more 'tailored' under new proposals from the health secretary. 

Incentives encourage smokers to quit long term, study finds

Financial rewards can help people to quit smoking and stay that way long term, a new study has found.

Number of smokers drops by almost two million in seven years

The number of adults in England who smoke cigarettes has decreased by 1.8m in the last seven years, according to new figures.

Less than 10% of councils commission smoking cessation through primary care

Less than 10% of councils in England are still commissioning smoking cessation through primary care, according to a survey by Action on Smoking and Health and Cancer Research UK.

‘Little evidence’ that e-cigarettes promote smoking in teenagers, finds study

There is limited evidence that e-cigarettes encouraged smoking in teenagers in the years after they came on the market, a study has concluded.

Smoking cessation service cut in latest public health rationing move

A free smoking cessation service commissioned by local authorities in Cheshire West and Cheshire will be cut as part of public service rationing.