Smoking, Plain Packaging and Young People

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data for schools and colleges

The likely impact of plain packaging of tobacco products
on young people 

The above title comes from an Australian report (Quit Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria, May 2011).

"As plain packs have never been legislated, evidence about their possible impact necessarily derives from experimental studies where subjects have typically been presented with both branded and mocked‐up plain packs and asked about associations and preferences." (Quit Victoria, p.11)

 

Read the evidence

Plain packaging of tobacco products: a review of the evidence (Australia)

Plain tobacco packaging : A systematic review - (UK Public Health Research Consortium)

 

Also ...

US court blocks graphic cigarette warnings

Smoking ban in Blackpool’s parks

Plain packaging of tobacco products - House of Commons Library Standard Note

 

 

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Comments about SHEU

"The Unit is to be congratulated in preparing ... material of the highest standard and worthy of wide dissemination." National Association for Environmental Education

National Association for Environmental Education

"Your work in developing the Health Related Behaviour Survey was ground breaking and has continued to evolve." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

"We're very happy to commission another survey from you. Our colleagues in School Improvement are dead keen to work with us on this. During our last LA Inspection, we were flagged from our Tellus data as having a bullying problem. We could demonstrate with our SHEU data - which had a much better sample size and coverage of the authority - that we did not have the problem they suggested. The Inspectors went away happy and we are definitely surveying again with SHEU."

Local Authority Senior Adviser

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.
Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."

Deputy Head Secondary School

I would just like to say thank you very much to Angela, yourself and all of the SHEU team for making the [survey] so successful. The survey has been well received and we are using data in new ways to help support work on local Public Health priorities.

Senior Public Health Specialist

"We are planning next year's programmes around this information." Health Education Adviser

Health Education Adviser

"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style."

School Drugs Advisor

"The data from last time were spot-on and we have done lots of work with it. We are very keen to repeat the survey." Headteacher

Headteacher

"The Schools Health Education Unit is the jewel in the crown of the Health Education Authority." Major General Sir John Acland 1928 - 2006

Major General Sir John Acland

"Our use of the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire was commended as part of our accreditation for the National Healthy Schools Scheme." Headteacher