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Image of person holding cigarette packet with text 'Smoking is still the biggest preventable cause of cancer' for our Smokefree campaign

The results of a Government consultation to the propose age of sale legislation have been published today. But what do these results mean and what are the next steps on our road to a smokefree generation? The results of a Government consultation to the propose age of sale legislation have been published today. But what do these results mean and what are the next steps on our road to a smokefree generation?

by Alizee Froguel | Analysis | 29 January 2024

29 January 2024

A cloud of smoke from a cigarette

The decline in smoking prevalence in England has nearly ground to a halt since the start of the pandemic, according to a new study The decline in smoking prevalence in England has nearly ground to a halt since the start of the pandemic, according to a new study

by Jacob Smith | News | 14 December 2023

14 December 2023

4 cigarettes in a pile

Councillor Chris Kennedy writes about his experiences of smoking, and why he hopes the UK Government keep their promise to raise the minimum age of sale. Councillor Chris Kennedy writes about his experiences of smoking, and why he hopes the UK Government keep their promise to raise the minimum age of sale.

by Chris Kennedy | Opinion | 27 November 2023

27 November 2023

Smokefree UK Supporters gathered on College Green before the petition hand-in

King Charles today confirmed the government's plans to raise the age of sale for tobacco, ensuring it can never be sold to future generations. King Charles today confirmed the government's plans to raise the age of sale for tobacco, ensuring it can never be sold to future generations.

by Alizee Froguel | News | 7 November 2023

7 November 2023

The Cancer Research UK stand at the Labour party conference in October 2023

Ian Caleb, public affairs manager, gives a behind the scenes look at the Manifesto at the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Labour party conferences – and how the team are getting CRUK’s policies heard Ian Caleb, public affairs manager, gives a behind the scenes look at the Manifesto at the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Labour party conferences – and how the team are getting CRUK’s policies heard

by Ian Caleb | Opinion | 27 October 2023

27 October 2023

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at the 2023 Conservative Party Conference

Ian Walker reflects on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcements on tobacco at the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday Ian Walker reflects on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcements on tobacco at the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday

by Ian Walker | Opinion | 6 October 2023

6 October 2023

Cancer Research UK Campaigners outside number 10 Downing street with MPs Bob Blackman, John McNally and Martyn Day.

On Wednesday 13 September, Cancer Research UK Ambassadors and staff headed to Number 10, joined by cross-party Councillors, MPs, Cancer Research UK partners and representatives from other health charities to hand in our Smokefree UK petition. On Wednesday 13 September, Cancer Research UK Ambassadors and staff headed to Number 10, joined by cross-party Councillors, MPs, Cancer Research UK partners and representatives from other health charities to hand in our Smokefree UK petition.

by Sam Johnson-Audini | News | 29 September 2023

29 September 2023

Four bowls containing brown, white, granulated and cubed sugar.
  • Science & Technology
  • Health & Medicine

Sugar and cancer – what you need to know

We take a look at claims that sugar 'feeds' cancer cells and explore the links between the amount of sugar in our diets and obesity. We take a look at claims that sugar 'feeds' cancer cells and explore the links between the amount of sugar in our diets and obesity.

by Cancer Research UK | In depth | 16 August 2023

16 August 2023

Senedd Cymru, or the Welsh Parliament.

Health inequalities in Wales put deprived communities more at risk of cancer. The All Things Being Equal inquiry shows what has to change. Health inequalities in Wales put deprived communities more at risk of cancer. The All Things Being Equal inquiry shows what has to change.

by Tim Gunn | News | 8 June 2023

8 June 2023

a smoking cigarette

New analysis released on World No Tobacco Day by Cancer Research UK estimates that tobacco causes the death of one person every five minutes in the UK New analysis released on World No Tobacco Day by Cancer Research UK estimates that tobacco causes the death of one person every five minutes in the UK

by Amy Warnock | News | 31 May 2023

31 May 2023

Our Chief Executive

Our CEO Michelle Mitchell writes about how cancer care in the UK is a fixable problem, and outlines the important next steps to get to where we want to be Our CEO Michelle Mitchell writes about how cancer care in the UK is a fixable problem, and outlines the important next steps to get to where we want to be

by Michelle Mitchell | Opinion | 23 May 2023

23 May 2023