Tobacco: South Asia

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 28 June 2022.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) make an estimate of the number of south Asians who use chewed tobacco products in the UK and (b) conduct a formal assessment of the impact of those products on people's health.

Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of south Asians in the UK who (a) contract oral cancer and (b) die as a result of using chewed tobacco.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have no plans to make a specific estimate or conduct a formal assessment. While comparative data on the incidence of oral cancers in Asian and Asian British people in relation to other ethnic groups in the adult population is collected, this does not specifically record cases in south Asians.

Chewed tobacco products are harmful to health and can cause various cancers, including oral, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers. It remains the Government’s policy to assist people to quit all forms of tobacco use through behavioural support from stop smoking services, nicotine replacement therapy or e-cigarettes.

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