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.

Commons Briefing Papers

15.12.2015Prohibition of tobacco display in shops
The purpose of this briefing paper is to consider in detail the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display) (England) Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Specialist Tobacconists) (England) Regulations 2010 (as amended).
27.03.2015Smoking in public places
This note outlines the provisions of the smoking ban in England that came into effect on 1 July 2007 in a practical context. It also includes recent developments such as the introduction of new regulations in 2015 regarding smoking in private vehicles.
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics: Health
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
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.
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:
10.08.2010Statistics on smoking
Statistics on smoking. By Lorna Booth. SN/SG/3312. In 2008, 21% of people in Great Britain smoked cigarettes. 6% of children between the age of 10 and 15 smoked in England. Nearly two fifths of adults who have ever smoked regularly started smoking before they were 16, and 95% started before the age of 25 In 2008, 18% of all deaths in people aged 35 or over in England - 84,000 deaths - were estimated as being attributable to smoking. It is estimated that nearly half a million hospital admissions a year are directly attributable to smoking.
12.05.2010Cigarette packaging, labelling and health
This note summarises the legislation concerning health warnings on tobacco packaging.
10.11.2009Tobacco provisions of the Health Bill: Lords amendments
The purpose of this note is to provide an update on the tobacco control provisions and, in particular, the treatment of Commons Amendment 11 in the Lords.
12.06.2009Promotion of tobacco products in Scotland
On 21st May 2008 the Scottish Government published a new Smoking Prevention Action Plan, 'Scotland's Future is Smoke-free'. This new action plan sets out a programme of measures designed specifically to dissuade children and young people from smoking. The purpose of this note is to consider just one of the measures: removing cigarettes and other tobacco products from promotional displays in shops and supermarkets.


30.01.2014Electronic Cigarettes

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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses