ASH, or Action on Smoking and Health, is a charity founded by the Royal College of Physicians in 1971 and supported by the Department of Health. It gathers information about the dangers of smoking, which it disseminates to the public. It also commissions surveys on public attitudes to smoking and helps people to give up the habit. ASH has contributed substantially to the cut in the number of smokers: six out of ten adults are now non-smokers, and an increasing number of public places are becoming smoke-free. The charity has a small headquarters in London from which further information may be obtained, with other national and regional branches in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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