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.
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.
|Routine and manual socio-economic group||32|
Office for National Statistics General Household Survey 2003.