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Towards a Smokefree Generation - A Tobacco Control Plan for England

Department of Health written statement – made on 18th July 2017.

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Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government has today published the Tobacco Control Plan for England, with a vision to create a smoke free generation. A copy is attached.

The 2017-2022 Tobacco Control Plan for England sets the overarching strategic direction for tobacco policy. The last tobacco control plan ran from 2011-2015. All the ambitions set in the previous plan were exceeded, during a period when the Government successfully introduced a significant amount of legislation, including standardised packaging of tobacco products and a ban on smoking in a car when a young person is present.

The new plan does not introduce new legislation. Instead, it shifts emphasis from action at the national level such as legislation to focused, local action, supporting smokers, particularly in disadvantaged groups, to quit.

The plan lays down bold ambitions for reducing smoking prevalence in England, en route towards creating a smoke free generation. These are:

  • Reduce the prevalence of 15 year olds who regularly smoke from 8% to 3% or less by the end of 2022.
  • Reduce smoking prevalence amongst adults in England from 15.5% to 12% or less by the end of 2022
  • Reduce the inequality gap in smoking prevalence between those in routine and manual occupations and the general population by the end of 2022.
  • Reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.5% to 6% or less by the end of 2022.
Tobacco Control Plan (PDF Document, 404.44 KB)
Equalities Analysis (PDF Document, 278.27 KB)
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS61