England 'on track' to stamp out smoking
The government has set out an ambitious plan to make England effectively smoke-free in the next few decades.
The new Tobacco Control Plan aims to slash smoking rates from 15.5% to 12% of the population by 2022, paving the way to a smoke-free generation.
If national smoking rates continue to fall, this generation of non-smokers could be achieved by 2030, the charity Action on Smoking says.
Health officials says smoking currently kills 200 people a day in England.
Smoking rates in England are at the lowest level since records began.
But the Department of Health says there is still much further to go.
It has sets out a range of targets:
- Reducing general smoking rates from the current 15.5% down to 12% or less
- Cutting the rate of 15 year-olds who regularly smoke from 8% to 3% or less
- Lowering smoking in pregnancy from 10.7% to 6% or less.
Published at Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:49:17 +0000