Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Report Shows Urgent Need for New Tobacco Strategy

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Report Shows Urgent Need for New Tobacco Strategy

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A new tobacco control strategy for England is urgently needed to replace the five-year strategy pursued by the last government that is nearing its end, according to a new report published by Action on Smoking and Health and funded by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Smoking Still Kills proposes new targets for a renewed national strategy to accelerate the decline in smoking prevalence over the next decade, suggesting that by 2035, adult smoking prevalence in England should be no more than 5% in all socio-economic groups.

The report's authors acknowledge that this goal is 'extraordinarily challenging', since although the prevalence of smoking in England has declined dramatically, it remains 'stubbornly high' in lower socio-economic groups and disadvantaged groups including people with mental health problems, people with long-term conditions and those within the criminal justice system. …

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