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Not enough for essentials, as the cost of living crisis bites

The cost of living crisis has negatively impacted mental health for many people in Wales and many have had to cut down on essentials like food and heating to make ends meet.

Tax increases on energy dense foods and tobacco reduce health inequality

A review of international evidence on how to reduce inequalities in health has found that tax increases on tobacco and high energy foods, with subsidies on fruit and vegetables, work well to narrow gaps in health between the richest and poorest. 

Public Health Wales welcomes plan to phase out smoking

Public Health Wales welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister to allow a free vote in parliament on raising the legal age of smoking by one year. 

A majority of people in Wales feel comfortable talking about bowel screening

The latest results from Public Health Wales’ Time to Talk Public Health panel survey show that around 8 in 10 people would feel comfortable talking to friends and family, and to a healthcare professional about bowel screening.

Digital Healthcare: Public Health Wales launches a new Digital and Data Strategy to enhance health data accessibility, quality, and security

Our new Digital and Data Strategy will help us use the power of digital and data technology to protect and improve the health and well-being of people in Wales and to reduce health inequalities.

Health Impact Assessment approach aids public sector bodies in development of climate change adaptations

Research by Public Health Wales, along with the consultancy Urban Habitats, has shown the value of using a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) when developing adaptations to climate change.

A review of international evidence and country experiences has found evidence that multi-sectoral policies may reduce health inequities

The International Horizon Scanning and Learning Report 46: Five Essential Conditions for Health Equity examined determinants of health inequity and highlighted five policy areas where action could be taken to reduce inequity. 

High quality provision is essential if free school meals and free childcare are to improve our children's health

Roll-out of free school meals and childcare must not compromise on quality if we are to safeguard the health of those most disadvantaged.

University students urged to put vaccination on their to do list to avoid serious illness

Public Health Wales is urging new and current students arriving at university this autumn to ensure that they are up to date with all their childhood vaccinations, and so avoid serious illnesses such as meningitis, measles and septicaemia.

Public Health Wales has published guidance for addressing vaping among secondary school-age learners

Public Health Wales has produced an information and guidance resource on vaping for secondary-aged learners in Wales.