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.