Smoking

Health written question – answered on 23rd March 2005.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce adult smoking rates to 21 per cent. or less by 2010 will be met;

(2) what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to reduce adult smoking rates among routine and manual groups to 26 per cent. or less by 2010 will be met.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The public service agreement (PSA) targets for smoking prevalence in 2010 were set in summer 2004. A delivery plan for the White Paper, Choosing Health", has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders to contribute to achieving the PSA target.

The delivery plan, together with the tobacco control strategy currently in place, will see an expansion of the national health service stop smoking services and additional support to help smokers quit; further measures to reduce peoples exposure to second-hand smoke; further restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion; continued highly effective national smoking campaigns; work with Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to reduce the supply of smuggled and counterfeit tobacco and measures to combat underage sales. All these measures will contribute to delivery of the PSA target.

Latest prevalence figures, for 2003, published in December 2004 are shown in the following table.

Prevalence of cigarette smoking (persons aged 16 and over, England)
Percentage
2003
Routine and manual socio-economic group 32
All persons 25

Source:

Office for National Statistics General Household Survey 2003.

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