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Public health charity ASH Wales has welcomed the publication today of a Draft Tobacco Control Action Plan for Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government. The Action Plan contains proposals to reduce adult smoking prevalence rates from 24% to 16% by 2020.

ASH Wales, the charity that protects children from becoming addicted lifelong smokers, has today launched an exciting new initiative to bring together health professionals, academics, community and business leaders, as well as national and local government officials, from all over Wales to find creative solutions to Wales’s growing public health problems.

As the New Year approaches and people are feeling the economic pinch what better time is there to give yourself a great new start to 2011 by quitting smoking? Not only will your wallet feel the benefit you will also be giving your health the best boost of all.

ASH Wales, Wales’s leading public health charity campaigning against the harm caused by tobacco, has welcomed news that the Westminster government is considering introducing plain packaging for cigarettes but warns that it must press ahead with a ban on behind the counter displays of tobacco as soon as possible.

Smokers are more likely than those who have never smoked to report engaging in poor lifestyle choices, including drinking above the guidelines and binge drinking as well as not eating the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables, according to a new study out today.

A leading Welsh public health charity is calling on local authorities across Wales to stand up for children’s rights by ensuring they can experience a smokefree environment in their parks and playgrounds.

Cardiff Blues and Welsh international rugby player Jamie Roberts won £16,900 for the tobacco control campaigning charity ASH Wales last night on a special edition of quiz show The Weakest Link.