Tobacco Control Plan to encourage smoke-free future

The government has set out an ambitious plan to create a generation of non-smokers in the next few decades.

Health officials estimate that, despite smoking rates in England the lowest level since records began, smoking currently kills 200 people a day in England.

The new Tobacco Control Plan aims to reduce smoking among adults in England from 15.5 per cent to 12 per cent or less by the end of 2022. Alongside this, the government also plans to reduce the number of 15 year olds who regularly smoke from eight per cent to three per cent or less and reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.5 per cent to six per cent or less.

The charity ASH has warned that the success of the plan is threatened by ‘severe government cuts in public health funding’, with the measures placing more pressure on local authorities, rather than central government funding.

Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.