The Smokefree Action Coalition successfully campaigned for the government to publish its new Tobacco Control Plan for England. We are also committed to supporting the adequately funded implementation of the Plan at the national and local level. We also urge the government to continue to update and improve its strategy over time to ensure that it remains effective.
The Smokefree Action Coalition’s objective is to continue reducing the harm caused by tobacco by ensuring that an effective, fully funded and comprehensive tobacco control strategy remains a central element of government health policy.
Smoking is still the major preventable cause of death and disease and inequalities in health, killing about 100,000 people across the UK each year. Nearly one in six adults still smoke, and children of smokers remain exposed to secondhand smoke. The Smokefree Action Coalition wants the UK Government to continue to develop and implement an adequately funded comprehensive tobacco control strategy in order to keep driving down smoking rates and protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
The smokefree case put simply
The UK is a world leader in tobacco control policy yet tobacco continues to cause over 100,000 deaths per year. Smokers and non-smokers, adults and children, all suffer from the burden of tobacco smoke. Some groups suffer more than others and the higher rates of smoking among the poorest and most disadvantaged increases health inequalities. It isn’t a simple matter of choice, it is hard for smokers to quit because tobacco is so addictive. There is much more that can be done to reduce the harm caused by smoking to smokers and those around them. The public are keen for further tobacco reform. It is essential for government policy to continue to evolve and develop its tobacco policy if smoking prevalence is to continue to be driven down year on year.
Hundreds of children still take up smoking every single day. Many will go on to become lifelong smokers – half of whom will die because of tobacco. We are committed to doing all we can to bring an end to the smoking epidemic.