This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on smoking. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

22.01.2015Standardised packaging of tobacco products
This note gives an overview of the debate over standardised packaging. As such, it is not a comprehensive account of the different arguments used by those who support its use, and those who oppose it. Much more detail on these arguments is given in the Government's summary report to its public consultation. Similarly, this note does not seek to evaluate the different views that have been expressed as to the impact that standardised packaging might have on public health, the incidence of smuggling, and the compliance costs to business.
25.02.2014Sources of Social Statistics: Health Services and Public Health
A guide to the key sources in health services and public health statistics, providing sources on waiting lists, hospital activity, ambulance services, primary care, health screening, social care, personnel, health expenditure and public health.
18.05.2012Prohibition of tobacco display in shops
The purpose of this note is to consider in detail both sets of regulations: the Display Regulations and the Specialist Tobacconists Regulations.
20.12.2011Prohibition of tobacco vending machines - the regulations in detail
The purpose of this note is to consider in detail the new Protection from Tobacco (Sales from Vending Machines) England Regulations 2010.
15.06.2011Overview of new regulations to ban tobacco displays in shops and tobacco vending machines
The purpose of this note is to provide an overview of the tobacco control provisions of the Health Act 2009. More detailed information on the Display Regulations and the Tobacco Vending Machine Regulations are set-out in separate Library standard notes SN/HA/5537 and SN/HA/5536 respectively. The Health Act 2009 can be viewed in full at:

Research Papers

25.04.2007Social Indicators
Social Indicators. [Includes article on Smoking in Public Places and The 2007 Census Test and a Topical Subject Page on Waste and Recycling] House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/38.
08.12.2005Health Bill : Part 1 Smokefree premises, places and vehicles (Bill 69 of 2005-06)
The Health Bill:Part 1 Smokefree premises, places and vehicles (Bill 69 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/79
14.03.2005Smoking in Public Places (Wales) Bill (Bill 23 of 2004/05)
The Smoking in Public Places (Wales) Bill. (Bill 23 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/22.
20.12.2000Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (Bill 6 2000/01)
The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (Bill 6 of 2000/01). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/97.

Early Day Motions

That this House is concerned that every year in England alone over 340,000 children under the age of 16 are encouraged to try smoking for the first time; notes that research shows the ...
That this House commends the Government on its decision to implement the ban on tobacco displays in shops, which is outlined in the Tobacco Control Plan for England, published on 9 ...
That this House notes National No Smoking Day is taking place on 9 March 2011; believes that smoking is one of the biggest causes of avoidable deaths and that it is the duty of Government ...
03.02.2011NO SMOKING DAY 2011
That this House congratulates the No Smoking Day charity on its 28th annual public health campaign, which will take place on 9 March 2011; notes that almost one million smokers made ...
That this House calls on the Government to conduct a thorough review, supported by consultation with all parties and affected business sectors, on the impact the smoking ban has had ...

POST Papers

30.01.2014Electronic Cigarettes


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses