British government plans to eliminate smoking by 2030

Smoking near children babies and kids. Concept

Smoking near children babies and kids. Concept

Meanwhile, quit leaflets will reportedly be included in every cigarette packet sold in the United Kingdom under the plans - while black market cigarettes would also be targeted.

Leaked documents show plans to eliminate smoking by 2030 in the UK.

Cigarette packets will reportedly be forced to contain leaflets with advice on smoking cessation, alongside the health warnings and graphic images already featured.

Cigarettes are becoming a less common sight in Mansfield and Ashfield as smoking rates have dropped slightly in recent years, figures show.

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Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, called on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock to include a pledge to end smoking by 2035 in the coming Prevention Green Paper.

The government faces questions over how it plans to eradicate smoking from Britain by 2030.

"But with millions of people across the United Kingdom still blighted by the biggest preventable cause of ill health and early death, there is so much still to do". That's why the Government wants to finish the job'.

The report also highlights smoking rates in different regions of England - citing Blackpool, where one in four pregnant women smoke, compared to Westminster where it is one in 50.

Wealth is also a major factor in whether a person smokes or not, with 31 percent of people living in council housing thought to be smokers.

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"Tackling these inequalities is the core challenge in the years ahead", says the report. If we are to achieve this vision of a smoke-free future, we need bold action to both discourage people from starting in the first place, and to support smokers to quit, ' the paper says.

The document also pointed out that smoking was more predominant in areas of deprivation.

But "given the pressure on local budgets" ministers will commit to finding other ways of ensuring people can get the help they need.

Another option could be to look at plans for a levy that have previously been proposed by Labour MP Sir Kevin Barron who suggested a "tobacco transition fund" that would raise £1 billion over a decade to pay for public health "stop smoking" services.

Britain now has the second-lowest smoking rates in Europe after Sweden.

The Government already had a goal to reduce smoking rates to 12 per cent in adults by 2022.

While Britain now has the second lowest smoking rates in Europe after Sweden - figures from 2017 show that 14.9 per cent of adults are now classed as smokers compared to 15.5 per cent in 2016 and 19.8 per cent in 2011 - there's still a long way to go to reach the already-released target of 12 per cent by 2022.

Smoking in public places was banned in 2007, with compulsory plain packaging for cigarettes brought in back in 2016.

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